Olney Vineyard - Dry Creek
Anne and Mike have been thrilled to work with Olney Vineyard since the 2000 vintage. In combination with fruit from Louvau Vineyard, grapes from Olney have consistently formed the core of the Dashe Cellars Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. Located 15 miles west of the Dry Creek Valley floor, Olney Vineyard is located one hill over from the Rockpile AVA. As a result it shares some similarities in soil and climate to this acclaimed Zinfandel growing region, adding character and complexity to the Dashe Cellars Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. This terraced, 8-acre vineyard is located at an elevation of approximately 2,000 feet and features extremely thin, rocky, whitish-grey soils that reflect heat back on the vines. Planted to Zinfandel (and a small amount of Carignane), Olney features a variety of clones and rootstocks. Because of its natural topographic variation, Olney is often harvested in two to three pickings, and the different clones of Zinfandel are generally fermented separately. This exceptional vineyard is lovingly tended by Anne and Mike’s friends, John and English Olney. In addition to being a great hands-on winegrower, John is also the winemaker at Ridge’s Lytton Springs. Grapes from Olney Vineyard are consistently notable for their dark fruit elements, as well as their notes of cassis, chocolate and spice.