2016 Grenache Dry Creek, Les Enfante Terribles by Dashe Cellars
The Dry Creek Valley is one of our favorite appellations, and this is an exceptional vineyard in Dry Creek: a rugged, rocky, dry riverbed just north of the town of Healdsburg. The fog that flows down the valley at night chills down the vines, keeping the grapes cool and resulting in a wine that offers bright, vibrant fruit and great acidity.
Because of the way we make this wine fermented with the native yeasts on the grapes; aged in large, French oak barrels; unfined; and bottled with low SO2 levels we felt that it deserved to be labeled with our other wines in the Les Enfants Terribles (the Wild Children) series, wines made in an Old World style. The resulting purity of flavor, velvety texture, and lush midpalette is a break from the brash, fruit-forward style of many Californian wines.
As is typical with this vineyard, the grapes ripened quite late in the season and we picked the vineyard in mid October. The grapes were harvested early in the morning to keep the grapes very cold, and were then trucked 11/2 hours to the winery. Since we loved the character of the fruit, we aged the wine in one of our 900 gallon French oak casks from Burgundy (15 times the size of a normal French oak barrel). By using the larger oak vessel, we intentionally kept this wine away from heavy oak influences, and the short aging process enhanced the lovely fruit character of the wine.
Varietals: 100% Grenache
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
Alcohol: 13.1% by vol.
Time in oak: 5 months
Oak: 900 gallon older French barrel
Production: 337 cases, 750mL
Release date: June 5, 2017
Optimum time for consumption: 2017-2022
Color: Brick red
Aromas: Red raspberry, strawberry, pomegranate, spice, minerals.
Taste: Beautiful velvety texture. Entry of intense strawberry, raspberry, and pomegranate fruit with hints of black currants. Beautiful floral elements of lavender and violets, slightly grainy tannins, long sweet finish of red fruit, minerals, and peppery spice.
Retail Price: $28.00
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