2019 Zinfandel Reserve, Dry Creek Valley
Since 1996, Dashe Cellars has been making Zinfandels from the Dry Creek Valley. To make this special Reserve wine, we’ve selected two of our favorite vineyards from the Dry Creek region, and then tasted every barrel, to select the best-tasting barrels within the vineyards. 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. This is a particularly complex, lovely, and fruit-forward wine—a classic, balanced Dry Creek Zinfandel.
The vintage of 2019 was a relief to us, since the Sonoma winecountry did not experience any wildfires until quite late in the season. By the time the fires started in late October, we had already picked perfectly ripened grapes in our main Dry Creek Valley vineyards.
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 16 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 10% of Petite Sirah, for structure, depth, and long aging potential.
Production: 500 cases 750mL
|Aromas:||Blackberry, black currant, hints of cherry liqueur and chocolate, with an underlying floral component of violets|
|Taste:||Beautiful velvety texture; blackberry, cherry, and cassis, hints of chocolate and licorice, great acidity and balance. Finishes with a long and balanced sweet red-fruit finish.|