Mcfadden Farms Riesling Potter Valley Dashe Cellars 3 Hvidvin 2008
We used our special custom-made gridded tanks to ferment the wines. These tanks, outfitted with stainless-steel grids that can be raised or lowered on top of the crushed grapes, allow us to submerge the cap of grape skins beneath the surface of the fermenting wine. We extract color, body, and complexity from the grapes without extracting too much of the drying tannins found in the seeds. The result are intense and complex wines that feel velvety and round on the tongue rather than harsh or tannic. As is our tradition, we conducted the fermentation using only the natural yeast population on the grapes. During fermentation the temperature was allowed to get up to 88º F, to aid in the extraction of color and flavor. At dryness, the wine was gently pressed in a membrane press and pumped to older 60-gallon French oak barrels. The wine was aged for 12 months, and was racked about every three months up to tank and then back down to barrel to clarify the wine and aid in its development. In our blending trials, we decided the wine was superb on its own, and did not blend anything else to interfere with the intense, lovely fruit.
Editorial Reviews for Mcfadden Farms Riesling Potter Valley Dashe Cellars 3 Hvidvin
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
Nice Dry Creek Zin. Smmoth long finish, nice fruit, mouthfeel, complexity.
Pours a deep dark purple color. Lots of dark fruit scents such as prunes, plums and raisins along with some vanilla. Starts off with plenty of sweet plum and raisin flavors hitting the palate. In the middle there is more dark fruit and an undertone of some vanilla and dare I say chocolate? On the back end, more dark fruits with an underlying vanilla and oak. Very well structured with nice tannic presence, but not overly done. A nice moderately lingering taste on the palate. At the price, certainly a fantastic value, one of the best Zin values.
Beautiful bouquet on the nose with lavendar, raspberry, blackberry, & a hint of spice. Boldly berry on the palate with some vanilla. Firm tannins, balanced acidity. Delicious.
External Reviews for Mcfadden Farms Riesling Potter Valley Dashe Cellars 3 Hvidvin
This is classic Dry Creek fruit, fragrant and spicy, redolent of fresh ripe berries. Lots of vivid acidity keeps it fresh and polished, and a bit of Carignane and Petit Sirah are in the blend for added texture. Concentrated and lovely wine.
The 2005 Zinfandel Dry Creek (blended with 5% Petite Sirah) is both a beauty and a superb value. A deep ruby/purple color as well as aromas of raspberries, cherries, pepper, and roasted herbs are found in this impeccably well-made, medium to full-bodied, lush, tasty Zin. It should provide plenty of pleasure over the next 2-3 years.
In a good vintage, which '05 was, Dashe's Dry Creek Zin defines the appellation's style. Very dry, tannic and acidic, the wine offers a rich array of wild blackberries and cherries, peppery spices, and earthy, savory notes of Tabasco, root beer, sautéed Portobellos splashed with balsamic vinegar and espresso. Will develop over the next five years.
What puts this Zin in a class all its own, apart from its low alcohol and solid tannic structure, is that it is fermented using natural yeasts rather than commercial ones. This gives it all the character of its place of origin: the Alexander Valley. On the nose, it's full of sweet mixed red and black berries, but the palate is totally dry. A real treat from the Zin category.
An explosion of fruit, this touches all the senses on the tongue, a huge berry flavor ripening from cranberry to blackberry and currants. Freshness runs through it from the beautiful color to the brilliant focus on fruit - not at all Port-like, just fully ripe. Sleeping underneath it all are scents of smoke. tobacco, Earl Grey tea, all giving a sense of the complexity to come with further age. For now, the wine is seamless, focused, impossible to pull apart. And while the rating has nothing to do with the price, at $20, it's a steal.
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.
The soft, meaty tannins of this wine slowly release its zinfandel flavors of sassafras, cool, dark cherry and warm mulberries. It continues to lengthen with air, a Dry Creek edge to the texture that will suit Mediterranean-style roast lamb.
Food Pairings for Mcfadden Farms Riesling Potter Valley Dashe Cellars 3 Hvidvin
Strawberry jam, black raspberry, chocolate, clove spice, long persistent finish of strawberry and black raspberry fruit, sweet chocolate and spice.
Dietary Information: Organic
392 cases produced.