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2014 Ancient Vines Zinfandel, Bedrock Vineyard, Sonoma Valley, Dashe Cellars

We harvested each varietal separately into half ton picking bins. At the winery, the grapes were hand-sorted on conveyors, and then fermented using the native "wild" yeasts on the grapes. At dryness, the wines were gently pressed in a membrane press and pumped to traditional 60-gallon oak barrels. Each varietal was kept separate, and we blended the wines carefully to develop a wine with great texture, intense fruit, and lovely balance between the firm acidity and the lovely sweet and spicy fruit.

The wine was aged for 10 months in one-year or older French oak barrels to maintain the vibrancy of the fruit. As the wine aged, it deepened in color and developed a complexity and firm structure that we believe will help the wine improve with up to ten years of bottle age. This is one of our most lovely and interesting wines made at Dashe Cellars, and we look forward to making wine from the vineyard for many years in the future.

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2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley - Collier Falls Vineyards
The wine is deep, dark red in color with aromas of blackberry, cinnamon and clove. This elegant, balanced and spice driven Cabernet has a very approachable palate with distinct notes of red currant and vanilla. We recommend 20-30 minutes of decanting to fully showcase its soft flavors and lingering finish of red fruit.

Technical Notes AVA: Dry Creek Valley Blend: 100.0 % Cabernet Sauvignon Harvest Date: October 10 2012 Harvest Sugar: 25.9 Brix Bottling Date: July 2014 Release Date: November 2015 pH: 3.48 TA: 0.68 mg100mL Alcohol: % 13.9 Aging: 29 months in French and American oak (one-third new barrels) Fermentation: Cold soaked 48 hours. Extended maceration on the skins for one week. Pumped over twice daily during the fermentation process. Racked: Twice during the aging process and once at bottling. Cases: 293 cases produced.

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2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley Mietz Cellars
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is dark ruby in color and has varietal aromas of black fruit and herbs with integrated smoky oak aromas. It is also full bodied, forward and rich with medium and full tannins with a long finish. The wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels of which 60% were new and thin staved, and 40% 1-2 year old barrels. This wine shows a lot of promise for long term aging.

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2013 Cacciatore Dry Creek Valley, Italian Red Blend Ca'Bella by Lago di Merlo Vineyards
Cacciatore is the new wine in the Ca'Bella series from Lago di Merlo Vineyards and Winery. Is an Italian Blend of Barbera, Primitivo and Sangioves equal parts. 800 cases produced.

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2014 Claret - Sonoma County - Mietz Cellars

The origin of Claret is a British term for a Bordeaux Blend. This claret is dark ruby in color. The aromas are cedar, vanilla, and blackberries and the warmth of toasty oak. The wine is full-bodied and round with up-front, sweet fruit flavors. The wine has a persistent finish.

1/3 Cabernet Sauvignon, 1/3 Cabernet Franc, 1/3 Petit Verdot .

This wine truly lives up to the name, claret. It is a medium bodied, lower alcohol wine with very complex elements in its aroma and taste. It is a true Bordeaux style wine.

Best of Class 2016 S.F. Chronicle Wine Competition for the 2012 Vintage

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2014 Comet, Todd Brothers Ranch, Alexander Valley - Dashe Cellars

The Comet is a blend of three wines: a 51 year old vine Zinfandel from Geyserville, a 130 year old vine Carignane, and a significant proportion 30% of the blend of an Alexander Valley Petite Sirah. Together, they make a rich, complex, full-bodied wine with a tremendous depth of flavor. The Zinfandel and Petite Sirah come from the Todd Brothers Ranch, a steep, red-rock vineyard where the vines struggle to produce a small quantity of grapes, resulting in wines with great intensity and structure. The old vine Carignane is from the famous Bedrock Vineyard, a vineyard that was originally planted by Generals Sherman and Hooker before the Civil War. The Carignane adds fruit and spice to this luscious, full-bodied wine

Gold, Best in Class | Sunset International Wine Competition This blend of old-vine "mixed blacks" Zinfandel Carignane, and Petite Sirah is massive in dark-fruit flavor, yet refreshing, with bright acidity and a long, savory finish.

Varietals: 58% Zinfandel, 30% Petite Sirah, 12% Carignane

Appellation: Alexander Valley, Sonoma County

Alcohol: 14.5% by vol.

Time in oak: 18 months

Oak: 10% new French Oak; 90% one year or older French barrels

Production: 324 cases, 750mL

Release date: November 1, 2017

Optimum time for consumption: 2016 to 2036

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2017 Carignane Old Vine, Evangelho Vineyard - Dashe Cellars
COMING SOON! We are incredibly excited to release our first ever bottling of Carignane from the 125 year-old Evangelho Vineyard in Contra Costa County. Though Carignane is typically blended with our Zinfandel, Mike Dashe saw (and tasted) something special in these vines and decided to bottle it on its own. With flavors bursting of cassis, spice, and minerals, we are overjoyed to welcome the 2015 Carignane to the Wild Child family!

Production Notes

Varietals: 100% Carignane

Appellation: Contra Costa County

Alcohol: 12.9% by vol.

Time in oak: 8 months

Oak: 20% 1 year old French barrels, 80% neutral French oak barrels

Production: 159 cases

Release date: 21 September, 2016

Optimum time for consumption: 2016 - 2026

Tasting Notes

Color: Bright purple

Aromas: Pomegranate, cherry,plum, black pepper

Taste: Vibrant red fruit including pomegranate, black cherry, wild strawberry, as well as floral notes of rose and violets. Lush, velvety mouthfeel balanced by vibrant crisp acidity. Long, sweet finish of red fruits and spice.

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2015 Grenache - Russian River Valley - Philip Staley Vineyards & Winery

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This succulent wine is a product of meticulous work in the vineyard where each year Philip Staley thins half the crop, assuring a low yield of 3.5 tons per acre. At the winery, he has tailored a special regimen for the Grenache, including a cold soak of whole clusters and whole berries prior to fermentation. This Grenache has broad, inviting aromas suggesting rose petals and black pepper. Red fruit cranberry and strawberry flavors are fresh and forward.

Staley's 1997 vintage was the first Grenache to win a gold medal in a major competition in California. Grenache is a versatile wine to be enjoyed in place of a Pinot Noir, and makes a perfect wine for Easter or Thanksgiving!

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2014 IB (Iberian Blend), Russian River - Philip Staley Vineyards & Winery
Iberian Blend is a blend of 4 classic Spanish varieties, Tempranillo, Carinena, Garnacha and Mataro.

Age of Vines: Planted between 1890 and 1908

Fermentation Mode: Open top tank fermentation with 80% whole berry, punched down three times daily.

Yeast: Lalvin L226 an RP15 Length of Fermentation: 11 days Fermentation Temperature: Peaked at 86 degrees

Aging: 10 months in French oak barrels.

Alcohol: 14.4% pH: 3.74 TA: .66 RS: Dry

Bottling Date: 12/5/15

Cases Produced: 206 cases

Cellar Lifespan: 3 to 5 years

Winemaker Notes: Iberian Blend is a blend of 4 classic Spanish varieties, Tempranillo, Carinena, Garnacha and Mataro. I patterned this wine after the regional country field blends I came to love as a student in Spain many decades ago.

Brilliant garnet color. The nose is full of ripe stone fruit with floral notes and a hint of spice. Flavors closely mimic the nose, ripe fruit, round and rich in the mouth, subtle French oak, with a long soft finish. A full bodied and complex wine, pair it with California and Meitrranean cusine.

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2012 Merlot Russian River - Mietz Cellars
When we first opened the winery in 1989 we made merlot from the 11 acres right outside of our winery. That is all we grew and the only varietal we made for quite a few years. Merlot became the darling and we had great success in that market with a very good merlot. In the early 2000s, Merlot lost its darling status and was waning in the market place and then came THE MOVIE and merlot fell out of favor, even if it was a good merlot. We have not made merlot since 2002. We no longer have a merlot vineyard but were able to source merlot from vineyards right by the winery. We hope you enjoy it. Merlot is still a wonderful red wine that is enjoyable to drink.

This 2012 vintage was picked in small lots from two vineyards, in September, right before the early rains. Both vineyards are on Limerick Lane. This wine is very drinkable now but as it keeps maturing it will manifest the red cherry, cranberry element you taste now and will develop into full flower. The vintage was very cool with a long growing season that allowed the fruit elements to develop very slowly. The nature of this vintage allowed these flavors to be delivered with delicacy and balance. This merlot is full bodied and more European in style with moderate alcohol and refined tannin structure.

Silver Medal Winner SF Chronicle Competition 2016

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2012 Petit Verdot Sonoma County - Mietz Cellars
Mietz Cellars New Release 2012 Petit Verdot

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2013 Petite Sirah - Dry Creek Valley, Estate Grown - Collier Falls

Winemaker Notes: This elegant Petite Sirah displays a dark purple color with aromas of blueberry and plum. On the palate the wine shows complex layers of dark fruit with hints of white pepper spice. Soft tannins and a touch of toasty oak create a wonderful mouth feel and a silky finish.

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2015 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 'Carmine's Vineyard' - Mietz Cellars

This pinot is light ruby in color with aromas of spice and dark fruits. The flavor is full bodied, with a long and persistent finish with blackberry fruit that hangs on your palate. It has great aging potential due to concentrated flavor and good acid balance.

Aged 12 months in 60% new French oak and 40% 1 and 2 year old French oak.

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2014 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley - Mietz Cellars

New sourcing of fruit from two Russian River Vineyards, ready to drink now, no aging necessary, an excellent valued wine more fruit forward yet still the distinctive Pinot Noir nose.

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2012 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 'Petaluma Gap' Hendricks Vineyard - Philip Staley Vineyards
Philip Staley has a beautiful, Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast Pinot from Hendricks Vineyards, extremely, limited production just 74 cases. *A brilliant ruby color. *The nose is brimming with bright and forward Pinot Noir fruit. *In the mouth the wine is beautifully balanced with ripe varietal fruit and soft French oak. This is elegant in style and carries great richness through to a long finish. *This Pinot Noir drinks well now but will improve with a little time in the bottle.

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2013 Primitivo, Dry Creek Valley - Collier Falls Vineyards

In the style of an Italian Amarone, this wine is not for the faint of heart! This big, rich wine begins with inviting aromas of dark black fruit and spice. Flavors of black cherry, plum and clove mingle on the palate giving the wine a complex, full-bodied structure. It finishes with a lovely balance of dark fruit flavors with hints of chocolate and oak.

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2012 Primitivo Dry Creek Estate - Lago di Merlo Vineyards
Northern Piedmont-style wine. This wine's deep garnet color clings to the side of your glass, all the while filling your nose with the dense saucy fruit aromas of Bing cherries and raspberries. 50% new French oak was used iin the aging process so that no fruit character would be stripped from this fruit bomb of a red wine.. Italian cuisine, lamb or veal with rosemary infused flavors pair well with this wine. The acidity helps to cleanse the palate of lingering meat fats.

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2014 Vino Tinto - El Dorado - Philip Staley Vineyards & Winery
Red Spanish Blend of Grenache, Tempranillo, Mourvedre and Carrigne

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2013 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley - Collier Falls Vineyards
The wine shows striking colors of deep crimson and black. A complex bouquet offers distinct aromas of butterscotch, jelly donut and damp forrest. This is a robust, full bodied Zinfandel displaying rich flavors of strawberry and fig, with hints of eucalyptus and powdered sugar. Its long finish highlights lingering notes of cola, tobacco, charred wood and black pepper. Pairs perfectly with duck breast and wild rice.

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2013 Zinfandel - Florence Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley Dashe Cellars

The Florence vineyard in the north of Dry Creek Valley is one of our favorite single vineyard sites for Zinfandel in Sonoma county. Each year, it makes exceptionally vibrant and intense zinfandel, with characteristic aromatics of lavender, violets, and thyme or lavender spice.

We used our special custom made gridded tanks to ferment the wines. These tanks, outfitted with stainless-steel grids that can be raised or lowered on top of the crushed grapes, allow us to submerge the cap of grape skins beneath the surface of the fermenting wine. We extract color, body, and complexity from the grapes without extracting too much of the drying tannins found in the seeds. The result are intense and complex wines that feel velvety and round on the tongue rather than harsh or tannic. We conducted the primary and secondary fermentation using only the natural populations of yeast and bacterias on the grapes, as always, to enhance the vineyard-specific flavors we get from these grapes. At dryness, the wine was gently pressed in a membrane press and pumped to older 60-gallon French oak barrels. The wine was aged for 14 months in oak before being racked up to tank for bottling. This is an ideal wine to have with grilled lamb, intense sauces, or any other food that can stand up to its substantial fruit and acidity.

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2015 Zinfandel, Old Vines, Todd Brothers Ranch, Alexander Valley - Dashe Cellars
History

This is a big, lush, and rich vintage of the Todd Brothers Ranch Zinfandel, which is no surprise given that 2015 was an exceptional harvest. These stellar 55 year-old head-trained vines in Geyserville consistently produce some of our best and most age-worthy Zinfandel bottling.

The perfect growing conditions, small berry size, and moderate yields resulted in a Zinfandel that is almost Cabernet Sauvignon-like in intensity and structure, but with the balance and sensuous texture of a Zinfandel.

Production

We picked the grapes in early September and trucked them to the winery in half ton picking bins. After hand-sorting the fruit, we fermented the juice using the native yeast on the surface of the grapes. At dryness, the wine was gently pressed in a membrane press and pumped into 120- and 60-gallon French oak barrels.

During blending, we added a small amount of Petite Sirah for spice and depth of flavor.

The wine was aged for 14 months in one-year-old or older French oak barrels we prefer the flavor of the fruit to not be overpowered by too much oak flavor. This wine is 100% from the Todd Brothers Ranch, and 98% Zinfandel the remaining 2% was Petite Sirah grown on the vineyard. The brightness of the wine makes it go extremely well with a wide range of foods, especially grilled meats or substantial sauces. Try it with grilled lamb the herb de provence spice should pair beautifully. We feel this wine should easily improve with eight or more years of bottle age.

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2015 Zinfandel Sonoma County - Mietz Cellars

A new vineyard for Mietz Cellars, this special wine is lower alcohol, and still a beautiful wine ready now for drinking and for the the next 6 years.

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2014 Zinfandel Russian River - Mietz Cellars
2014 Zinfandel Russian River Newly Released

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