Dashe “Vineyard Select “ Zinfandel 2017


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History: Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Vineyard Select is a blend of a few of our favorite small-production vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley (Sonoma County), Contra Costa county, and Clarksburg CA. This is a remarkably lush, drinkable Zinfandel that we’ve blended with a few “spice rack” varietals to add depth, spice and texture to the wine. We’ve intentionally created this wine as a bistro wine, made to pair beautifully with a wide range of foods and flavors. Made primarily of Zinfandel, we also blended the wine with the varietals Teroldego and Petite Sirah, to create a juicy, rich, mouth-filling wine that shows round texture and a long, spicy finish.

Production: We fermented each varietal of the wine sepa- rately, using the native yeasts resident on the grape skins. The wine was aged for a total of 14 months in French oal barrels. 100% of which were 1-year or older oak, since we prefer the flavor of the fruit to be clear. As we blended the wine, we realized that many vineyards contributed individual varietals as a “spice-rack” of flavors, bringing bright fruit and complexity to the blend. The resulting wine absolutley bowled us over with its rich texture and depth of flavor. It’s a perfect wine to compliment a wide range of foods —from lighter fare, to pastas, to grilled meats and rich stews.

Tasting Notes
Color: Reddish-purple
Aroma: Very aromatic pomegranate, black cherry, and raspberry, mixed with hints of cassis, chocolate, and slight peppery spice.
Taste: Lush, lively texture with lovely black cherry and pomegranate fruit, bright acidity to balance the sweet fruit flavors, black pep- per and clove spice, and a long, lively finish of black cherry, pomegranate, and hints of licorice and cocoa powder.

Food Pairings: Penne with Fennel Sausage & Lemon, Herb Spiced Meatloaf, Tandori Chicken.

Varietal: 89% Zinfandel, 6% Petite Sirah, 5% Teroldego,
Appellation: California
Vineyards: Louvau, Del Barb,  and Heringer Vineyards
Maceration: 2 weeks
Optimum time to enjoy: 2020-2031
Production: 3100 cases, 750ml
Time in Oak: 14 months
Fermentation: Native Yeast
Oak: 100% 1-year or older French barrels
Alcohol: 14.5%