After we had voraciously depleted the Beast Wildebeest
alongside our spirited, peppery appetizers, I fancied a bottle that was elegant and smooth, yet spicy and snappy enough to hold up to my cremini quesadilla with fried eggs and salsa verde. I selected the Dashe Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2009 to pair up with dinner. Dashe Cellars are a Sonoma County boutique winery known for high-end single vineyard varietals, especially Zinfandels, using traditional winemaking techniques such as cooler-climate fruit, low-yielding vines, native-yeast fermentations, and minimal handling.
Cherries and racy black pepper aromas soared from the brilliant ruby colour in the glass. Velvety cherry and raspberry flavours embraced rich chocolate undertones in the medium body. Slightly tart cherry and spicy cloves enveloped the lengthy, smooth finish. Each well-constructed sip was a perfect balance of lush sleekness and clean, bright acidity. This is an elegant, entertaining Zinfandel that befriends you with each plush, refreshing glass.
93% Zinfandel, 4% Petite Sirah, 3% Carignane
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
* only 5774 cases made