2017 Dashe Cellars Heart Arrow Ranch Zinfandel «Les Enfants Terribles»
Region: USA, California
Grape Varietals: Zinfandel
Dry, medium-bodied red; raspberry essence | Spit-roasted suckling pig
The «Les Enfants Terribles» series is intended to be more Burgundian, or even Beaujolais in style than the typical Californian expressions. This draws on both Michael and Anne's extensive experience interning in various wineries in France. Whole clusters are used for carbonic maceration to preserve a fruity purity. 5 months in very large French oak foudres contributes texture rather than secondary ageing characteristics.
The dynamic couple, Michael & Anne Dashe, set up their urban warehouse in 1996. Michael is a Californian born and bred who came to wine by way of many internships with the likes of Cloudy Bay, Lafite Rothschild and Ridge. Anne was born in Brittany and studied at the University of Bordeaux before taking on an internship in St-Emilion. Although their inspiration is bucolic rolling hills, they wanted to bring their wines and tasting experiences closer to consumers. Like many of our US winemakers, they work closely with vineyard owners and growers in Sonoma and Mendocino to source their grapes, although in the Dashe's case it is often Michael who makes harvesting decisions. They seek out partners whose sites are located on steep slopes planted with older vines. They seek to control yields and reduce use of chemicals in the vineyard.
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