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Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Late Harvest 2012 (half bottle)

ID No: 441773
Vintage:2012
Bottle Size:375 ml
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Product Description

As always, it’s always a nail-biter to get Late Harvest Zinfandel in so late in the season. We harvested in late October, and the grapes 
arrived at the winery right at 38° Brix of sugar.
We crushed the grapes to a small 1,500-gallon tank and as is our tradition at Dashe Cellars, we fermented the grapes naturally, using 
the native yeasts that naturally live on the skins of the grapes. Since the grapes were super ripe, the fermentation roared off at the start, 
and then rapidly slowed as the yeast created over 10% alcohol. The fermentation finally sputtered to a halt when the alcohol had 
reached about 14 percent and the sugar level was 9 percent. We always allow the wine to achieve its balance of sweetness and alcohol 
naturally, by letting the fermentation finish up on its own. 
As is our tradition, the wine was aged in older French oak barrels to not overpower the intensity of the fruit. During our blending 
trials, we decided to stay with our tradition of bottling the wine as soon as possible to maintain its fresh fruit flavors and conserve its 
lovely sweet concentration and purity. The wine is unfined and received minimal handling to the bottle.

Color: Dark purple
Aroma: Lovely aromas of black raspberry, cherry, and floral notes of lavender and violets. The aromas have hints of dried cranberry and plum, cocoa, vanilla, black pepper spice.
Flavors: Lovely, soft black raspberry, black currant, blackberry, plum, and hints of chocolate and vanilla. The lovely, complex fruit is balanced with nice acidity, making the wine sweet but not at all cloying—an ideal and not overpowering dessert wine. 

Winery: Dashe Cellars

The Dashe Cellars Estate
Dashe Cellars were founded in 1996 by Anne and Michael Dashe, a husband and wife winemaking team who created a small winery that focuses on wines from Sonoma County. Since Anne's winemaking origins are French and Michael's are American, they wanted to elaborate distinctive wines that offered the best from both of their countries of origin.

The Dashe Cellars Vineyards
They have decided to concentrate on single vineyard sites - to locate small independent vineyards and create wines that reflect the vineyards unique soil, climate, and regional characteristics. They use traditional fine winemaking techniques such as small lot fermentations, the use of indigenous yeast on the grapes to conduct the fermentations, little or no fining or filtration, and small barrel aging. All the wines are made, tasted, and blended by the production team of Michael, Anne, and Matt Smith (enologist).

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