2016 Zinfandel Reserve, Dry Creek Valley
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Since 1996, Dashe Cellars has been making Zinfandels from the Dry Creek Valley. To celebrate our 20 years of making wine from the region, we have selected some of the best vineyards—and the best barrels from lots within the vineyards—to create a special Dry Creek Reserve. We wanted to show off the best characteristics of the Dry Creek Valley with an intensity, a complex spectrum of flavors, and a balance of pure fruit flavors and bright acidity which are typical for that area. This Reserve wine is a particularly complex, lovely, and fruit-forward wine—a classic, balanced Dry Creek Zinfandel.
The vintage of 2016 featured ideal ripening conditions in the Dry Creek Valley, warm but not excessively hot. We harvested the grapes in mid- to late-September. As normal, we hand-sorted the grapes on arrival at the winery, to remove leaves or less-than-perfect grapes. Using a small, gentle destemmer, we carefully removed the stems and kept a proportion of the grapes as whole berries to increase the wine’s natural fruitiness. 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 13 months in 20% new French oak barrels, and the remainder in older French oak barrels to gain the softness of oak aging without adding excessive oak flavors. Before the final blend, we tasted all our barrels to select out only the best Zinfandel lots for this reserve wine. Finally, in our blending trials, we added about 8% of Petite Sirah, for structure and long aging potential.
Production: 113 cases 750mL & 500 cases 375mL
|Aromas:||Blackberry, black current, hints of plum, cherry, and chocolate, with an underlying floral component of violets|
|Taste:||Sweet blackberry and cassis, pomegranate, plum, hints of chocolate and licorice. One of the most intense and complex Dry Creek Zinfandels we’ve made, with dark chocolate and black pepper spice underlying the velvety, intense midpalate and the balanced, sweet red-fruit finish.|