Dashe Cellars Heart Arrow Ranch Bundle
Region: USA, California
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel
Michael and Anne Dashe met, married and started Dashe Cellars in 1996. The idea behind their urban warehouse, originally in Oakland, was to bring a bottling of pastoral beauty and rolling vineyards to the city-dwellers who loved wine, but couldn't get out into the counties.
Michael's first experience in the beverage industry was brewing beer at the age of 15. While studying biology and environmental science as an undergraduate, Michael took a part-time job in a winery, and transferred allegiances. Soon, he strung together a Masters in Enology at UC Davis and internships in Napa, at Cloudy Bay, Lafite Rothschild, Ridge and Lytton Springs.
Anne was born in Brittany, in France and studied at the University of Bordeaux. While there, she landed an internship with a winemaker in St-Emilion. Following this up with a position as Research Enologist at Chappellet, and so wound up on the other side of the pond.
Over the last 20 years, the Dashes have established a strong relationship of trusted growers throughout Sonoma and Mendocino who share their values and will provide them with characterful fruit. They prioritise old vines planted on steep hills, controlled yields and reduced application of chemicals. Michael himself often gets involved in harvesting decisions, so that fruit has the balance of sugar and acidity that they want in their wines.
The steep slopes of Heart Arrow Ranch sit on Eagle Peak within Mendocino County. It's farmed biodynamically, and stunning biodiversity is encouraged. The volcanic soils encourage good drainage, and contribute to low yields across the site.
This bundle will only be for sale from 4th to 18th September.
There is a total of six bottles in the bundle. It is made up of:
- 3 x 2016 Dashe Cellars Heart Arrow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
- 3 x 2017 Dashe Cellars Heart Arrow Ranch Zinfandel «Les Enfants Terribles»
For more details on each of these wines, please see below.
2016 Dashe Cellars Heart Arrow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry, full-bodied red; stunning, structured. Give it time to unfold in the glass.
24 months in small French barrels, 20% of which were new. No fining or filtration.
2017 Dashe Cellars Heart Arrow Ranch Zinfandel «Les Enfants Terribles»
Dry, med-bodied red; raspberry essence. Pair with spit-roasted suckling pig
A very unusual Zinfandel, largely due to the whole cluster carbonic maceration. Followed by 5 months in enormous French foudres, which contribute more to overall texture and body than conventional oaky flavour. The «Les Enfants Terribles» series is intended to be more Old World in style, making this Zinfandel disarmingly more similar to a Burgundy or Beaujolais than a big Cali Zin.
Find out more here.