2015 Dashe Cellars Zinfandel 375 ml

Year: 2015
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 89
Wine Enthusiast: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$11.95

2018 ORANGE COUNTY FAIR: GOLD MEDAL, 92 POINTS

"Containing a splash of Petite Sirah (4%), the pale to medium garnet-purple colored 2015 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley is scented of spice box, incense and fragrant earth over core of raspberry coulis and baked cherries plus hints of pepper and oolong tea. Medium to full-bodied, chewy and with a lively line, it finishes long and savory" (WA)

"With 8% Petite Sirah, this is a velvety herbaceous wine with earthy undertones that presents as both rustic and refined. Leathery black pepper meets mushroom and cedar as the medium-ripe flavors lead to a juicy finish." (WE)

Winery Notes:
History:
This wine is a classic example of a Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, grown in one of the best regions in California for growing Zinfandel. The coastal fog in the morning combined with afternoon heat makes for ideal ripening conditions, resulting in a wine with great balance and intense fruit flavors. The wine is made from fruit grown on five small family-owned vineyards in the center and north of the Dry Creek Valley. The wine shows a bright acidity from the cool ripening conditions, which blends perfectly with the forward fruit from the vineyards and results in a particularly complex, lovely, and balanced wine.

Production:
2015 was a vintage marked by extremely small yields, so there was almost half the normal quantity of grapes per vine in this year. The result was a particularly intense wine, but very small quantities compared to our normal production.

The wine was fermented using only the natural yeast population on the grapes-our tradition at Dashe Cellars-and the resulting wine shows off the terroir of the vineyards beautifully. The wine was aged for 10 months in older French oak barrels, including our 900-gallon French oak casks that allow us to gain the softness of oak aging without adding excessive oak flavors. In our blending trials, we added about 4% of Petite Sirah, for structure and aging potential.