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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.
Retail Price: $40.00
Generations and Most Favorites 20% - 6 bottle Clubs: $32.00
Generations Custom, Generations and Most Favorites 25% - 12 bottle Clubs: $30.00
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.
Retail Price: $29.00
Generations and Most Favorites 20% - 6 bottle Clubs: $23.20
Generations Custom, Generations and Most Favorites 25% - 12 bottle Clubs: $21.75
2013 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 39% of the blend of an Alexander Valley Petite Syrah. Together, they make a rich, complex, full bodied wine with tremendous depth of flavor and complexity. The Zinfandel and Petite Syrah come from one of our best Geyserville vineyards, a steep, red rock 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 after the Civil War. This stellar wine is ideal wine for grilled meats, hearty stews, and rich sauces truly a steak house wine.
We fermented each element of the wine separately, using the native yeasts resident on the grape skins. Each wine was aged for six months separately before we carefully created the Comet blend. The wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels 85% of which was older oak since we prefer the flavor of the fruit to not be overpowered.
We decided to increase the amount of Petite Sirah from previous vintages, to maximize richness, and then added 10% of Carignane as a spice rack wine to add bright fruit and complexity. The resulting wine absolutely bowled us over with its rich texture and depth of flavors. We feel this wine should easily improve with 12 or more years of bottle age, and can be cellared for many years after that.
Varietals: 51% Zinfandel, 39% Petite Sirah, 10% Carignane
Appellation: Alexander Valley, Sonoma County
Alcohol: 14.4% by vol.
Time in oak: 18 months
Oak: 15% new French Oak; 85% one year or older French barrels
Production: 324 cases, 750mL
Release date: June 1, 2016
Optimum time for consumption: 2016 to 2027
Retail Price: $38.00
Generations and Most Favorites 20% - 6 bottle Clubs: $30.40
Generations Custom, Generations and Most Favorites 25% - 12 bottle Clubs: $28.50
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.
2005 Sonomatage, Dry Creek Valley, Lago di Merlo Vineyards
Sonomatage in the tradition of Meritage and other Red Blends is a Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon Blend, grown on the top of the Dry Creek Valley near Lake Sonoma, considered by winemaker and grower, Harry Merlo Jr. to be one of his biggest wines ever with bright fruit and a luscious finish pairs well with any big hearty meat or wild meat dish.
Retail Price: $28.00
Generations and Most Favorites 20% - 6 bottle Clubs: $22.40
Generations Custom, Generations and Most Favorites 25% - 12 bottle Clubs: $21.00
2014 Vino Tinto - El Dorado - Philip Staley Vineyards & Winery
Red Spanish Blend of Grenache, Tempranillo, Mourvedre and Carrigne
Retail Price: $22.00
Generations and Most Favorites 20% - 6 bottle Clubs: $17.60
Generations Custom, Generations and Most Favorites 25% - 12 bottle Clubs: $16.50
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