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Date Printed: 9/1/2014
Dashe Todd Brothers Ranch Zinfandel 2006
Dashe Todd Brothers Ranch Zinfandel 2006
(search item no. 97750)
Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
The Wine News rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

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.

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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.