2016 Zinfandel, Todd Brothers Ranch | Magnum Format
The 2015 vintage was one of the smallest vintages in recent memory, with most vines producing less than half of a normal crop. The Todd Brothers Ranch in Geyserville was no exception, producing tiny quantities of intense, concentrated grapes. The resulting wine is big but lovely, with a tremendous amount of complex, concentrated fruit flavors. These stellar 55-year-old head-trained vines in Geyserville consistently pump out some of our best and most long-lived Zinfandel bottlings here at Dashe Cellars. As always, this Zinfandel shows almost Cabernet-like intensity and structure, yet still posesses the balance and sensuous texture of a Zinfandel.
As always, the Todd Brothers Vineyard was one of the earliest ripening, and was picked in the first week of September. The grapes were trucked to the winery in 1000 lb picking bins, and hand-sorted—to remove any materials other than grapes or less than perfect grapes—before the crusher. The grapes were fermented using the yeasts on the surface of the grapes. This native yeast method maximizes flavor, color, and complexity from the grapes. At dryness, the wine was gently pressed in a membrane press and pumped to 120- and 60-gallon French oak barrels. During the blending, we added a small amount of Petite Sirah for spice and depth of flavor.
|Aromas:||Black currents, plum, black cherry, earth, chocolate, licorice, with floral notes of voilets. Spice notes of cedar, eucalyptus, and pepper|
|Taste:||Lush, round, balanced; a big wine with a sensuous texture. Blackberry, black current, and black cherry fruit, firm acid and silky tannins in a very structured wine. Long, sweet, fruit finish of blackberry and cassis.|