Dashe Todd Brothers Ranch Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
Dashe Todd Brothers Ranch Zinfandel 2004 Front Label

Dashe Todd Brothers Ranch Zinfandel 2004

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This steep red rock slope just a few miles north of downtown Geyserville produces one of Dashe's most complex and distinctive single-vineyard Zinfandels. These thick, gnarly, old-vine Zinfandel vines were planted by two brothers 48 years ago — the original Todd brothers — and are now farmed by Ken and Tim Todd, along with their sons, making a three-generation long farming tradition. From their first sight of these vines — and the bright red soil in which the vines are planted - they knew that this vineyard would create a wine unlike any other. The 2004 vintage was unusual in that the spring rains affected the flowering of the vines, resulting in a crop about half of its normal size (about two tons to the acre).

This lower yield resulted in a very dense, complex wine with the characteristic floral aroma that is typical of the vineyard. This is one of Dashe's most instantly appealing Todd Brothers Ranch Zinfandels, with an aroma that immediately promises great wine and a velvety, mouthcoating texture that is both sensuous and long-lasting.

"...it maintains a core of freshness so that the ripeness of the old-vine fruit goes to velvet rather than jam. It's zesty, sappy and tense, the power of the woodland blackberry fruit making a lasting impression..."
-Wine & Spirits

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Dashe Cellars, founded in 1996, blends Anne's classic French winemaking training with the experience Michael has gained at Ridge Vineyards, Far Niente and Chateau Lafite-Rothschild. Together, the Dashes' strive to create authentic, site-focused wines that capture the charm and personality of top, independent vineyards throughout Sonoma County and beyond. In 2007, Michael and Anne started a new series of wines that they dubbed "Les Enfants Terribles", wines that were inspired by many of the French wines they admire, with balance, complexity, lower alcohols, beautiful fruit aromatics and velvety textures. These easy-to drink and expressive wines are a great complement to their lineup of classic "signature wines".

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Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa Valley, the region only produces about half the amount of wine but boasts both tremendous quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

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Unapologetically bold, spice-driven and jammy, Zinfandel has secured it’s title as the darling of California vintners by adapting well to the states’ diverse microclimates and landscapes. Born in Croatia, it later made its way to southern Italy where it was named Primitivo. Fortunately, the imperial nursery of Vienna catalogued specimens of the vine, which sourced a journey to New England in 1829. Parading the true American spirit, Zinfandel found a new home in California during the Gold Rush of 1849. Somm Secret—California's ancient vines of Zinfandel are those that survived the neglect of Prohibition; today these vines produce the most concentrated, ethereal and complex examples.

CDW176288_2004 Item# 91306

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