This steep red rock slope just a few miles north of downtown Geyserville produces one of Dashe's most complex and distinctive single-vineyard Zinfandels. These thick, gnarly, old-vine Zinfandel vines were planted by two brothers 48 years ago — the original Todd brothers — and are now farmed by Ken and Tim Todd, along with their sons, making a three-generation long farming tradition. From their first sight of these vines — and the bright red soil in which the vines are planted - they knew that this vineyard would create a wine unlike any other. The 2004 vintage was unusual in that the spring rains affected the flowering of the vines, resulting in a crop about half of its normal size (about two tons to the acre).
This lower yield resulted in a very dense, complex wine with the characteristic floral aroma that is typical of the vineyard. This is one of Dashe's most instantly appealing Todd Brothers Ranch Zinfandels, with an aroma that immediately promises great wine and a velvety, mouthcoating texture that is both sensuous and long-lasting.
"...it maintains a core of freshness so that the ripeness of the old-vine fruit goes to velvet rather than jam. It's zesty, sappy and tense, the power of the woodland blackberry fruit making a lasting impression..."
-Wine & Spirits