2018 Zinfandel, Florence Vineyard
This is always one of the most sought-after wines we make here at Dashe Cellars, since we make such a small amount of it each year; only 78 cases in 2018. It’s no wonder that it’s so popular, since the wine made from these vines in the north of Dry Creek is always so vibrant and intense. The location of the vineyard has a huge influence on the wine: the cool climate and rocky soil of the vineyard helps the grapes maintain their acidity during ripening, resulting in an intense and lively wine. With its floral and bright red fruit aromas, the Florence Vineyard Zinfandel is always easy to identify. Planted from the famous St. Peter’s Church clone of Zinfandel, the clusters have very tiny, intensely flavored berries, and the large proportion of skins to juice from these berries makes for a rich, complex wine that is both balanced and lovely.
We fermented the wine on its native yeasts, and did not fine or manipulate the wine before bottling. The result is an intense and complex wine that feels velvety and round on the tongue rather than harsh or tannic. The wine was aged for 18 months in neutral French oak barrels, to keep the youthful freshness of the fruit intact.
|Aromas:||Black raspberry, black cherry, cocoa, licorice, black pepper blending with more floral notes of lavender|
|Taste:||Bright, vibrant flavors of black cherry and raspberry, followed by spice notes of thyme, minerals, and black pepper. Crisp acidity and a lovely velvety texture. Ends with a long persistent finish of raspberry and black cherry fruit.|