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Date Printed: 9/19/2014
Dashe Dry Creek Zinfandel 2009
Dashe Dry Creek Zinfandel 2009
(search item no. 108688)
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Reddish-purple in color. Black raspberry, cassis, and concentrated black cherry fruit, chocolate, clove spice, good acidity, velvety texture on the mid-palate, complex, long sweet finish of black cherry fruit, licorice, and peppery spice.

This is a classic example of a Dry Creek Zinfandel: elegant, balanced, and layered with loads of fruit flavors and a velvety, voluptuous texture. The trademark characteristics of zinfandel from this area are in abundance—black raspberry and cassis fruit, mineral and earth, and clove and black pepper spice—and we expect this wine to develop and improve nicely over the next five or so years.

This wine is ideally paired with grilled meats, roast chicken, pasta dishes with robust sauces, lamb entrees, or simply as a delicious aperitif wine before dinner.

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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.