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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
Dashe Dry Creek Zinfandel 2004
Dashe Dry Creek Zinfandel 2004
(search item no. 87981)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This year we included Zinfandel from the superb Louvau vineyard on Dry Creek Road, in the center of the valley, along with the fruit from the Adams' ranches on West Dry Creek Road and Canyon Road, in upper Dry Creek Valley. This additional fruit from the center of Dry Creek gave the wine a depth of flavor and elegance that make it perfect both as an aperitif and as a wine to go with a wide range of foods. One sip and the intense black raspberry fruit is overwhelming, blending perfectly with the chocolate and clove spice, and the long, sweet finish that make this wine so delicious. The wine is black in color, intense, brooding, and yet perfectly balanced between sweet fruit and more complex, layered flavors.

Dark ruby red color. Aromas of intense black raspberry, coffee, chocolate, clove and licorice spice, slight butterscotch.

Taste of blackberry and raspberry fruit, chocolate and vanilla, clove spice, thick and velvety texture on the mid-palate, long sweet finish of raspberry fruit, sweet chocolate and spice.

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About Dashe:

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.