2010 Dashe "Florence Vineyard" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby. Dark berries, lavender and spices on the nose, with a mineral quality building in the glass. Vibrant and precise, offering sappy blackberry and blueberry flavors lifted by tangy acidity. Gains sweetness and depth with air but maintains its freshness. Dusty tannins add shape and grip to the intense, mineral-driven finish.
Similar to the 2009 vintage, which was another cool year, this single-vineyard offering is bone dry and strong in tannins, with a complex austerity. It shows tobacco, balsam and tamari notes alongside hints of raspberry and blackberry. It needs rich, complex meat stews or pasta dishes with tomato, garlic and lots of cheese in order to balance the wineís tannins and acids, and to coax out the sweetness.
Sleekly focused and layered, with appealing raspberry and mineral aromas and flavors that balance crisp cherry and grilled herb fruit with lively acidity and ripe tannins. Drink now through 2017.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Dashe's 2010 Zinfandel Florence Vineyard emerges from the glass with beautifully delineated aromas and flavors. Sweet red cherries, hard candy, tobacco and wild flowers all come to life in this hugely attractive, mid-weight Zinfandel. There is no shortage of nuance or personality in the glass. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016. (AG)