2016 Dashe Cellars «The Comet»
Region: USA, California
Grape Varietals: Zinfandel, Petite Sirah
Dry, full-bodied red; smooth and rich | Late night kebabs
Coming from the landmark 2016 vintage that marked California finally climbing out of the challenging drought years, The Comet has all the intensity you would expect. The Dry Creek has been a staple of the Dashe offering. For the 20th anniversary (both of their marriage, and also of the winery) they decided to create this special Reserve offering. It is a barrel selection, drawn from the best fifth of total production based on barrel tastings. 92% Zinfandel from 53-year-old vines, blended with just a smidgeon of Petite Sirah for richness. Each varietal is vinified separately; the Zinfandel was aged for 13 months in oak, of which 20% was new. The Petite Sirah was only added in at the very last stage before bottling.
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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