2010 Dashe Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1114456 90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *One star* Here is a lively, deeply filled Zinfandel that hits all the right varietal marks without making any concessions to over-the-top ripeness at any point. It is bright and very well-balanced with plenty of essential berry-like fruit at its heart, and its finely-fit acidity makes for an exceptionally long and vital finish. It is a wine that very much wants drinking with food, and it will grow effortlessly for years.  (9/ 2012)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 This epitomizes Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. Itís dry, briary and brambly, with wild berry, cola and crisped bacon flavors. Itís incredibly spicy, offering everything from black and white pepper to nutmeg, anise and clove. The texture is a delight-silky and gently tannic.  (12/ 2012)

89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Red berry and cherry aromas are brightened by cracked pepper and fresh flowers. A tangy midweight that offers fresh cherry and raspberry flavors, energizing acidity and a silky texture. Gains sweetness on the finish, with the peppery note repeating.  (5/ 2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Zinfandel is an attractive, straightforward wine with good varietal character and nuance. Ideally, it is best enjoyed over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2015.  (4/ 2013)

Wine & Spirits

 An old-fashioned, Italianate red, this is rustic in its salt-and-iron tannins. Leave it in a decanter while you braise pork shoulder with plenty of spice.  (10/ 2012)

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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/18/2013  | Send Email
Absolutely gorgeous Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley! Red currant, red plum, blackberry, red cherry- quintessential Dry Creek goodness! The best vintage from Dashe yet!

 By: Mike McCarty |  Review Date: 2/4/2013 
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Wonderfully elegant Zin, full fruited but not jammy with moderate alcohol levels

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Varietal:

Zinfandel

- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 13.7