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Collier Falls

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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2015 Zinfandel, Heart Arrow Ranch, Mendocino, L Enfant Terrible, Dashe Cellars
Our Les Enfants Terribles the Wild Children series of wines are made from vineyards tht we feel can make distinctive, terror-driven wines. Fermented on native yeasts, with minimal oak influence and low levels of sulfites, these wines show beautiful fruit undisturbed by unnecessary processing The essence of the vineyard shines through the resulting wine. Color: Dark purple. Taste: Raspberry and wild strawberry entry, plum, earthy and mineral, quite dry with a long, complex fruit finish and substantial tannins.

The 2015 vintage is simply one of the best and most complex examples of this wine we've ever produced. Ripening conditions in the summer and fall were sustained and warm (with a bit of a rainstorm in the middle), and we ended up with one of the most fruit-forward, dark, luscious wines we've ever produced from these vines. As with all our wines, the fermentation was conducted using the native yeasts found naturally growing on the grapes. We took away the rollers on our crusher, let the whole berries drop into the tank for fermentation, and also pitchforked 10% whole clusters into the tank. We wanted the wine to ferment inside of the berries, which produces a beautiful, fruit-forward aroma and a light, velvety texture to the wine. The wine shows excellent fruit and mineral aromas, and the wine has an absolutely beautiful texture and depth of flavor. Although this wine is beautiful to drink right now, it can improve with age as well, at least 8 years from the vintage date. After fermentation, the wine is racked into a special aging barrel a giant 900 gallon French oak barrel from Burgundy. This giant barrel is the volume of 15 standard barrels, and the large barrel format allows us to age the wine without much oak flavor in the wine. The result is a very fruit forward wine that has much of the character and texture of oak-aged wine, but without the typical oak flavoring. We only age the wine for four or five months in barrel, and then immediately bottle it to capture the fresh fruit character of the wine. The resulting wine is beautifully balanced, delicate, yet with lots of complexity and great length in the finish.

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Dashe Cellars

2014 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley - Dashe Cellars

In a year with almost perfect ripening conditions, the 2014 zinfandel from the Dry Creek Valley is intense, mouth filling yet very balanced a classic example of zinfandel from one of the best places in California to grow the varietal.

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Dashe Cellars

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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Dashe Cellars

2012 Zinfandel - Louvau Vineyard, 'Old Vines,' Dry Creek Valley - Dashe Cellars

We have been making zinfandel from these gnarled, old vines since 1998, and each year are more and more impressed with the intensity and depth of character of the wines made from these grapes.

Since this is one of the first vineyards we harvest each year, in early September, we were lucky to harvest the grapes before the rainstorms that plagued some wineries in 2011. The grapes ripened perfectly, in a difficult year, making a wine of complexity and balance. The flavors are very well integrated right now, but the wine will also age for a decade or more due to the supple tannins that balance the fruit. We were only able to make 131 cases of this wine, since the yields are always quite low on these head-trained old vines. As always, we hand-sorted the grapes on a conveyor belt on the way to the crusher to eliminate any imperfect fruit. The crushed grapes were then fermented using only the natural yeast population on the surface of the grapes rather than commercial dried yeasts to conduct the fermentation. At dryness, the wine was gently pressed in a membrane press and pumped to traditional 60-gallon oak barrels. The wine was aged for 18 months in one-year or older French oak barrels, to keep 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.

Black raspberry and chocolate on entry. Great texture and mouthfeel, showing a complexity and balance even in its youth. Long, spicy, fruit-driven finish. The depth of flavors, good acidity, and round tannins will make this quite a long-aging wine.

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Dashe Cellars

2014 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 2014 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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2014 Zinfandel - McFadden Farms, Potter Valley Dashe Cellars
We have not been able to make a Zinfandel from McFadden Farm since the 2011 vintage, and we are very happy to release this one from the 2014 vintage. This vineyard produced the very first wines from the Les Enfants Terribles series of wines from Dashe Cellars, and we are glad we can re introduce it to our fans.

We make this wine using a special technique called carbonic maceration. About 10 percent of the grapes are pitchforked into the tank as whole clusters. For the remaining grapes, we do not crush them and let the whole berries fill the tank. Nothing further is added to the tank, and for the next three weeks the fermentation happens with the native yeasts, inside the berries themselves. This results in a very complex wine that does not extract much color from the skins of the grapes.

After fermentation, the wine is racked into a special aging barrel a giant 900 gallon French oak barrel from Burgundy. This giant barrel is the volume of 15 standard barrels, and the large barrel format allows us to age the wine without much oak flavor in the wine. The result is a very fruit forward wine that has much of the character and texture of oak aged wine, but without the typical oak flavoring.

We only age the wine for four or five months in barrel, and then immediately bottle it to capture the fresh fruit character of the wine. The resulting wine is beautifully balanced, delicate, yet with lots of complexity and great length in the finish.

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Dashe Cellars

2014 Zinfandel - Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley - Dashe Cellars
2014 was one of a string of large, high-quality vintages in California. We used our custom-made gridded tanks to ferment, allowing us to submerge the cap of grape skins beneath the surface of the fermenting wine, extracting color, body, and complexity from the grapes without extracting drying tannins found in the seeds. The result is an intense and complex wine that also feels very velvety and round on the tongue. The wine was fermented using only the natural yeast population on the grapes our tradition at Dashe Cellars and the resulting wine shows off the terroir of the vineyards beautifully. The wine was aged for 10 months in older French oak barrels, including our 900 gallon French oak casks that allow us to gain the softness of oak aging without adding excessive oak flavors. In our blending trials, we added about 5% of Petite Sirah, for structure and aging potential.

4358 Cases

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Collier Falls

2003 Zinfandel 1.5 Litre (Magnum) - Dry Creek Valley - Collier Falls Vineyards

“This wine shows off a bouquet of raspberry, rose petal and spicy cinnamon. On the palate, the wine is silky with vanilla notes and hints of tobacco and cocoa. It's deep red color signals the fruit's intensity. An elegant wine now, or to savor over the next six years! ” — Cécile Lemerle—Derbes, Winemaker

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Mietz Cellars

2013 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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Mietz Cellars

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

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