Dashe Late Harvest Zinfandel 2005 (California, USA)

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  • My Rating: B+

Late Harvest Zinfandel 2005 – Dashe Cellars, 14.1% ABV – 375ml, (Dry Creek Valley, California, USA)

(2005 = Sugar at harvest 40° brix, residual sugar 9% by wt.)

info on the dashecellars.com website:

“Made entirely from grapes grown on the shallow, rocky soils of this steep vineyard, the environment makes the vines struggle to survive, which in turn help the vines create very concentrated, complex grapes.  One of the reasons that we love this vineyard for Late Harvest zinfandel is the wonderful acidity of the grapes.  Even when we wait an extra four weeks or so to harvest the grapes (the average time that we need to leave the grapes to have them turn into Late Harvest) the grapes maintain their acidity.  The resulting wine is always focused and clear—it’s never cloying, and always finishes with a crisp, clean, sweet-spicy note.”

  • Style: Late Harvest (Zinfandel)
  • Taste Profile: deep sweetness -> cherry/cassis/plum/chocolate -> alcoholic/tannic finish.
  • Where I got it : Chateau Louis (Edmonton)
  • How much: $31 (after 5% off), September 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: possibly in the late future
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: 100% yes

Tasting notes: pours deep dark opaque luscious red. Tangy red cherries, cassis, red grape on the nose

Attack: oncoming sugars, soft alcohol detection, 8/10-sweetness

Mid-palate: rich red cherry, black currant, plum, hints of chocolate,

Finish: mildly alcoholic, medium tannic.

Superb balance of flavours, sweetness, drinkability, and price. I would wholeheartedly recommend it and drink again.