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Dashe Florence Vineyard Zinfandel 2013

Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The color is a birght cherry red with beautiful red fruit notes of raspberry and black cherry. blending with more floral notes of lavendar and violets. On the palate, the initial entry is explosive wild cherry and red raspberry fruit, almost cranberry-like in its acidity and vibrancy. The bright fruit flavors are followed by spice notes of thyme and rosemary, minerals, and white pepper. It ends with a long persistent finish of raspberry and cranberry fruit.

Blend: 98% Zinfandel, 2% Petite Sirah

Critical Acclaim

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
The 2013 Dashe Florence Vineyard Zinfandel is a throwback Zin—to when the wines were usually elegant and well balanced dinner wines instead of the heavier, more alcoholic and almost sweet versions. This beautifully refined wine offers loads of brambleberries, a lively palate and a zesty finish. It is perfect with an oven-roasted pork tenderloin. Drinking very nicely now. (Tasted: May 16, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
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Harking back to an early part of Zinfandel’s history, this wine is intentionally lighter in ripeness and higher in pert acids than are most of its varietal siblings today. Its vital fruit is quite evident in aromas redolent of bright berries and a certain creamy richness, and that energetic stance continues from entry to finish once in the mouth. If anything, the acidity is going to stand out a trifle for those who want a fuller, fleshier wine, but, this one is both full of life and deep enough for use with red-sauced pastas now and over the next two to four years.
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Dashe Cellars, California
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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.
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Dry Creek Valley

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A multifaceted and highly reputable sub-region of Sonoma, Dry Creek Valley is responsible for a wide range of wine styles—both red and white. One of the smallest AVAs in California, Dry Creek Valley has a winning combination of ideal geography and climate. Fertile, well-drained soils create concentrated varietal character while long, warm days, bookended by cool nights, allow grapes to reach full phenolic ripeness and balance. The warm and welcoming appellation is home to a number of family-owned vineyards and wineries that place a strong emphasis on sustainable farming practices.

Zinfandel reigns supreme here and still produces in a great number of very old vineyards—often 100 years old or older. These old vines create a powerful, voluptuous and sultry wine unlike those of any other region. Sauvignon Blanc, the valley’s signature white grape, also performs exceptionally well. Many other varieties grow comfortably here, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Syrah. Petite Sirah is often found in blends with Zinfandel.

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Zinfandel

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Unapologetically bold, spice-driven and jammy, Zinfandel is often thought of as California’s flagship grape. And it fact it owns this title by having the ability to adapt to the states’ many microclimates and landscapes, producing unique expressions of the grape throughout. Zinfandel thrives in California’s Central Coast, as well throughout Sonoma County, parts of Napa Valley, the Sierra Foothills, Lodi and Paso Robles.

Zinfandel was born in Croatia and later made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. The astute imperial nursery of Vienna collected specimens of the vine and acted as the source of its journey to New England, carried by George Gibbs circa 1829. Eventually, making its way to California around the Gold Rush of 1849, Zinfandel found its new home, parading the true American spirit.

In the Glass

Zinfandel commonly expresses powerful notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, dark chocolate and licorice. Very ripe examples may express a hint of dried fruit like raisin, fig or prune. But Zinfandel grown in cooler, coastal zones often expresses red fruit, black pepper and fresh herbal characteristics of juniper and menthol.

Perfect Pairings

Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs or anything barbecued. More delicate Zins work with pork, lamb curry and even Ceasar Salad or Salad Nicoise.

Sommelier Secret

Thanks to its popularity both for home winemaking and as communion wine, many Zinfandel vines were able to survive prohibition, leading to the abundance of "old vine" Zinfandels. These low-yielding, ancient vines tend to produce wine that is deeply concentrated, delicately perfumed and decidedly complex.

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