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Dashe Florence Vineyard Zinfandel 2013

Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • CG90
13.5% ABV
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13.5% ABV

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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WW 91
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)
CG 90
Connoisseurs' Guide
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, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, 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.

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. 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. 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 ripeness while retaining acidity and balance.

Zinfandel reigns supreme here, often grown on vines aged 35 to 100 or older, taking on a powerful, voluptuous character favored by fans of the variety. Sauvignon Blanc, the valley’s signature white grape, also performs exceptionally well. Many other varieties grow comfortably here, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Rhône varieties, and Italian varieties. Petite Sirah and Carignan are commonly blended with Zinfandel.

Zinfandel

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Unapologetically powerful, heady, and fruit-forward, Zinfandel is often thought of as a truly Californian grape, though in fact it is anything but. This variety has followed an intriguing trajectory to reach its adoptive home, beginning, surprisingly, in Croatia. Originally known as Tribidrag, it first made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. From there it eventually migrated to what is now unarguably its most successful outpost, in California, and has thrived throughout the state. Of course, this is also the grape of White Zinfandel, a sweet pink wine that enjoyed great popularity in the 1980s and 90s. Though White Zin still has a significant following, today the variety is increasingly associated with the red version.

In the Glass

Zinfandel commonly features a bold, plush texture and notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, black pepper, dark chocolate, leather, and licorice, and can often be described as “jammy” and a little bit sweet. Very ripe examples may express a hint of dried fruit like raisin, fig, or prune. Despite its significant alcohol and weight, Zinfandel has very smooth, gentle tannins.

Perfect Pairings

Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs, or anything barbecued. If care is taken with regards to alcohol levels, Zinfandel’s hint of sweetness can work well with milder Indian-spiced dishes like lamb curry.

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 vines tend to produce wine that is concentrated, complex, and elegant.

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