2010 Dashe Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
*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.
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.
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.
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.
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.