2015 Ancient Vines, Bedrock Vineyard
One of the oldest vineyards in the state, the Bedrock Vineyard was originally owned by Generals Sherman and Hooker of Civil War fame. These particular vines of Mouvèdre, Carignane, and Zinfandel were planted in 1888, making them some of the oldest vines in the state. A blend of equal quantities of Mourvèdre, Carignane, and Zinfandel, all from 128-year-old vines, make this one of the most unusual and stylish wines produced at Dashe Cellars.
We harvested each varietal separately into ½ ton picking bins. At the winery, the grapes were hand-sorted on conveyors, and then fermented using the native “wild” yeasts on the grapes. Each varietal was fermented in separate bins, and the cap “punched down” by hand four times a day. This technique produces great extraction but very little extraction of dry tannins from seeds. At dryness, the wines were gently pressed in a membrane press and pumped to traditional 60-gallon oak barrels. Each varietal was kept separate, and we blended the wines carefully to develop a wine with great texture, intense fruit, and lovely balance between the firm acidity and the lovely sweet and spicy fruit.
Production: 233 cases
92 Points | Wine Advocate
Composed of 30% Zinfandel, 35% Carignane and 35% Mourvèdre, the 2015 Ancient Vines offers a pale to medium ruby-purple color and notes of licorice, black soil and black pepper over a core of blackberry pie and prunes plus a touch of Chinese five spice. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is very spicy with velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing on a lingering cinnamon stick note. – Lisa Perrotti-Brown
92 Points, Editor's Choice | Wine Enthusiast
This is a blend of Carignan, Zinfandel and Mourvèdre, with the vines planted originally in 1888. Given time to age in mostly used French oak, it's weedy and herbal, thick and densely layered in fresh notions of blackberry and strawberry, with hints of leather and black pepper. – Virginie Boone
93 Points, Gold | American Fine Wine Competition
|Aroma:||Black currants, black raspberry, plum, and highlights of cranberry. Slight black pepper, tar, and earth|
|Taste:||Lovely velvety mouthfeel, entry of black raspberry, pomegranate, cranberry, tar. and peppery spice, rich minerality. Great acid balance, soft texture. Long, spicy, fruit-driven finish|