Rich and nuanced, the flavors range from blackberries and blueberries through spiced plums and white chocolate. Best of all is the texture: rich, velvety, supple and flattering. It’s a big wine, but wears its size well. Editors’ Choice. —S.H.
Here’s a robust, sinfully rich Zinfandel that’s bursting at the seams with flavor. Explodes in the mouth with blackberries, cherries, black raspberries, chocolate, licorice, butterscotch and pepper. But it’s no mere fruit bomb, with beautiful acids and tannins providing structure. Drink now.
Winemaker Michael Dashe singled out this old-vine fruit for special handling, and it pays off in a very fragrant, sweetly grapey wine with an enticing, intoxicating bouquet. Herbs and wildflowers and mixed red fruits explode in a profusion of scents and delicious layers of flavors.
The second vintage of this wine, from dry-farmed, 52-year-old vines is a big ’un, with plenty of backbone and muscular tannin. The same sweet, floral, grapey nose identifies it as Todd Brothers, and Dashe used just 18% new oak, keeping the fruit up front where it belongs. 900 cases made.
From a little-known appellation in Mendocino County that has warm days and cool nights comes this wonderfully rich wine. Feels lush and brilliant in the mouth, with ripe berry flavors balanced with herbs and olives. Dry and balanced, with just a kiss of oak, this is a stylish drink with great complexity. Editors’ Choice. —S.H.
The vintage was kind to Dashe’s Zinfandels, and in the Louvau bottling, they’ve produced a balanced, classically structured Dry Creek Zinfandel. It’s spicy, full-bodied and tannic, with rich waves of blackberries and an earthy, slightly bitter note suggesting the bite of espresso on the finish.
This lovely Petite Sirah preserves the variety’s full-bodied richness, but the tannins are so gentle, it’s drinkable now. Shows deep, ripe flavors of blackberries and black currants, with meaty notes of grilled beef and a chocolaty, peppery finish. Lush and complex, it drinks beautifully with grilled steak, and will elevate a gourmet hamburger.
Somewhat oak-driven, the plum, raspberry, blackberry and herb flavors take a backseat. Still, the wine shows well, with fine tannins framing the flavors, which finish with a chocolatey edge. Long and well balanced.