2016 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 this a notable historic vineyard. A blend of equal quantities of Mourvèdre, Carignane, and Zinfandel, all from 131 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: 199 cases
Double Gold | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
|Aroma:||Black raspberry, cassis, pomegranate, plum, and highlights of cranberry. Slight black pepper, tar, and earth.|
|Taste:||Lovely velvety mouthfeel, entry of black raspberry, black current, pomegranate, cranberry, tar. and peppery spice. Great acid balance; good tannic structure; long, spicy, fruit-driven finish. A classic old-vine wine.|