Dashe Todd Brothers Ranch Zinfandel 2006

Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 97750
  • red wine
  • W&S96
  • WN92
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2000
  • WE92
  • 1999
  • RP90
  • WE90
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Winemaker's Notes

The wine was aged for 12 months in 18% new French oak and the remaining 82% in older oak barrels. Every three months we racked the wine out of barrel to clarify the wine and aid in its development. Although we added just a bit of Petite Syrah from the vineyard when "topping" the barrels, we decided the wine was perfect as it was when we were having our blending trials. Therefore, no additional lots were blended in, resulting in a wine that was 100% from the Todd Brothers Ranch, and 99% Zinfandel. We feel this wine should easily improve with ten or more years of bottle age.

Purple-black. Intense black current, blackberry, chocolate, anise, and roasted coffee.

Lush and balanced, with complex flavors of blackberry, black raspberry and cassis fruit, followed by chocolate, coffee, and clove spice. Sweet, intense, complex finish.

Critical Acclaim

"There's bracing tension in this serious young zin, layers of black raspberry, licorice and red apple intensity that lasts for minutes after each sip. The texture is generous and broad, the brisk fruit feels lovely. A great vintage from these 50-year-old vines."
96 Points

"Youthful purple hue. Vibrant, forward aromas of cherry, clove, glove leather and anise. Ripe kirsch and chocolate flavors with well-integrated tannins. Full, expressive finish packed with cherry fruit and a lingering, peppery nuance."
92 Points

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In 1996, the husband and wife winemaking team of Michael and Anne Dashe founded Dashe Cellars. Focused on crafting exceptional single-vineyard wines, Dashe Cellars blends the two winemaker’s combined 40-plus years of experience at such noted wineries as Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château La Dominique, Ridge Vineyards, Cloudy Bay, Far Niente, Chappellet, and Schramsberg Wine Cellars. Drawing on this wealth of experience, the Dashes create vineyard-focused wines that capture the complexity and character of top vineyards throughout Sonoma County and beyond.

Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Zinfandel

Zinfandel(ZIN-fahn-dell) American Grape Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America (Croatia has been named its origin), it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California. During Prohibition, many Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...

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