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Dashe Zinfandel Late Harvest Dry Creek Valley 2015

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This just explodes on the nose with dried fruit, sour plum, leathery, tobacco, and fresh crushed black fruit aromas that gain some lift from the VA here. Sweet enough but balanced, allowing the gorgeous blackberry, black raspberry and black cherry jam flavors to fill the mouth. The balance of fruit and acid here is spot on, the fruit is so perfectly ripe yet it retains lovely intensity and thrust without much puniness. There’s a subtle chocolate nuance on the long finish as well. Another terrific wine from Dashe and while sweeties are often too much for my palate this is in a very nice spot. 92pts

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Dashe Cellars:
A Marriage Of Ideas Founded by the husband and wife winemaking team of Michael and Anne Dashe, we are a family-run artisan winery. Focused on crafting small allotments of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Syrah wines, Dashe Cellars marries techniques from California and the great winemaking regions of France. The results are complex, sensuous red wines that capture the charm and ... Read more
A Marriage Of Ideas Founded by the husband and wife winemaking team of Michael and Anne Dashe, we are a family-run artisan winery. Focused on crafting small allotments of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Syrah wines, Dashe Cellars marries techniques from California and the great winemaking regions of France. The results are complex, sensuous red wines that capture the charm and personality of top Sonoma vineyards in the Dry Creek and Alexander valleys. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Dashe Zinfandel Late Harvest Dry Creek Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 11/02/2013

This just explodes on the nose with dried fruit, sour plum, leathery, tobacco, and fresh crushed black fruit aromas that gain some lift from the VA here. Sweet enough but balanced, allowing the gorgeous blackberry, black raspberry and black cherry jam flavors to fill the mouth. The balance of fruit and acid here is spot on, the fruit is so perfectly ripe yet it retains lovely intensity and thrust without much puniness. There’s a subtle chocolate nuance on the long finish as well. Another terrific wine from Dashe and while sweeties are often too much for my palate this is in a very nice spot. 92pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 04/06/2009

Deep and dark with bittersweet chocolate shavings a touch of prune, rum raisin, blackberry, pencil eraser, noticeably alcohol too. With air this turns downright concord grapy jelly and smells like breakfast! Silky and refined with great purity of fruit. There are layers of bright brambly blackberry fruit, spice, vanilla, red earth, a touch of spinach, hot iron, watermelon ring, lovely and delicious. This also feels great with precise balance and harmony. Nothing is obvious yet the wine remains nervous and tense in the mouth. Delicious. With a touch of wood spice on the finish. 91pts

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 03/17/2010

This has a very fine nose, real brambly blackberry and black cherry fruit with a touch of plum and licorice, a bit meaty with a nice savory hoisin note tightly wound up in the fruit. This is a big wine on entry with lots of glycerin and richness but almost immediately it gains snap and focus. The tannins here are abundant but quite fine and the acidity is floating just under the fruit. The flavors are dark and just a bit dusky with plum, caramel, earth, licorice and a hint of mint all in balance on the mid-palate. The backend offers nice lift to the fruit, which floats off on the long finish. This is spicy on the backend but surprisingly lightweight with black fruit notes and a licorice, leathery savory tone on the finale. A bit of a tight showing but this promises to flesh out and soften a bit with time in the bottle, remaining elegant but gaining breadth in the mouth. I can see this working well with pork in chipotle sauce. 90pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 11/17/2008

Smoky and with a hint of obvious oak on the nose this has a touch of obvious alcohol as well. The black raspberry fruit if incredibly intense with a jammy edge and layers of toast, butter, and allspice/cinnamon spice that makes this smell like breakfast. Richly fruited in the mouth with that same pure, jammy black raspberry/ black berry fruit that is accented with notes of honey, vanilla, and baking spices. Big and plush with a flannelly soft feel this is engaging and made in a style that should appeal to most palates. 93pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 03/17/2010

This has a huge nose with top notes of violets over deep black plum, slight prune, and spicy hints of chocolate and vanilla with a core of savory elements that recall herbal dried black olives. Lightly sweet on entry this has plenty of acidity to keep the wine lively and lovely ripe tannins that help break up the sweetness. It’s a light, fresh style of dessert wine with a balance akin to fresh fruit making it easy to drink. It’s a bit simpler on the palate than on the nose but is full of briary, tobacco edge plummy and dried berry fruit that yields to a lightly sweet finish balanced by drying tannins. 91pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 03/30/2009

A bit woody at first with a sweet/sour tone and some meaty almost gamy notes. There are light smoke tones with a suggestion of green herb and a touch of quinine and bitter citrus peel adding complexity to the pretty, lightly spicy, peppery fruits. Very well balanced with bright acids and nice fleshy mouthfeel that gains intensity on the back end. Lots of pure brambly fruit here with a touch of plum and nice mocha tones helping to frame the fruit. A lot of wine and very freshly fruited with real depth and a lot of nuance on the mid-palate. Finishes with strong, slightly creamy raspberry fruit. Nice length. Really nice wine. 91pts

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 03/17/2010

This has a bit of fuminess to at first and needs time to gain some focus but it reveals dark chocolate streaked, pepper laced dark berry fruit touched with sapwood and smoky, loamy earth. It’s surprisingly light on the palate with more than a bit of tannin to lose but wonderfully refreshing and pure slightly spicy, briary black raspberry fruit that offers up hints of orange oil and backing spice on the backend. The finish allows the tannins to creep back up, giving this excellent follow through with the toasty, vanilla of the oak being covered with cool, wild red berry fruit until the spicy finale. Give this two years to let the tannins soften and drink it over the next five or so, or else grill up some beef and enjoy this for all it offers today. 92pts


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Member Reviews for Dashe Zinfandel Late Harvest Dry Creek Valley

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Snooth User: Pyrifera
564071,107
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 04/15/2012

Black cherry, leather, spicy oak. Pretty well balanced in the mouth.


Snooth User: Michael C Butler
1066071624
2.50 5
Vintage: 2009 09/25/2012

Not your typical zinfandel. I had the half size (375 mL) bottle of Dashe Cellars Late Harvest Zinfandel, 2009, which seems to have added sugar making this a dessert wine.


Snooth User: Raymond Andrews
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 11/05/2013

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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,546
2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 03/12/2010

Big blackberry nose with paprika, more dark fruit on the mouth, significant sweetness, and a touch of oak.


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,963
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 03/11/2010

Huge spicy meaty flowery nose. Amazingly intense but delicate dark fruit mouthfeel with perfectly balanced acidity, jam, bread, and tobacco. Overall a little pruney but lots of fun.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 09/19/2010

Great nose! Inviting fruit, wood and spice combo. Great! The palate matches with finesse on integrating the elements. Really good! - Blind tasted at Schreiner's Winers zin tasting 9/18/10


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 03/20/2010

Raspberry and spicy vanilla nose. Elegant and not overly jammy or powerful, wild berry and a nice finish of sage flavor. Some oak. Not quite my style, but definitely a nice, refined zinfandel. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 3/20/10


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External Reviews for Dashe Zinfandel Late Harvest Dry Creek Valley

External Review
Vintage: 2009 11/01/2013

Four and a half glasses


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/19/2011

Fresh and juicy, displaying raspberry and spicy vanilla aromas. The flavors are ripe yet elegant, with jammy wild berry and sage flavors. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/19/2011

Big, ripe and jammy, with an intriguingly rustic, chewy core. Aromas of raspberry, wild berry and a dash of spice lead to zesty, sweet-tasting flavors of blackberry cobbler and licorice. Drink now through 2011.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/19/2011

Concentrated and balanced, with excellent ripeness and earthy mineral flavors highlighting the cherry, currant and raspberry tones. Cedar and vanilla linger with firm structure and licorice on the finish. Drink now through 2007.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/19/2011

Deep, rich ruby color in the glass, with full aromas of mocha coffee, red berry and light spice. On the palate, there is a surging crash of blackberry and raspberry fruit, while the base of this collision centers on vanilla, chocolate and clove spice. Big, lush and velvety, the enduring finish shows sweet chocolate covered raspberries sprinkled with spice.


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Vintage: 2007 09/27/2011

Dark black cherry flavors express the full ripeness of this Zinfandel, balanced in a big, bold style. the tannins make it smoky, taking the flavor deeper into black pepper and spice cake territory, a viscous red suited to lamb on the grill.


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Vintage: 2007 05/19/2011

This is a very clean style of red Zinfandel, which shows pure garnet red in the glass, and displays a nose of round blackberry and cassis. Chocolate covered raspberry and bing-cherry fruit meld seamlessly with well integrated, palate warming oak. The 2002 Dry Creek boasts big fruit, with melted tannins that are refined and very approachable young. The finish is packed with pulpy, sweet, black fruit and will surely do justice to your favorite barbecued meats.


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