Our 2012 Dry Riesling continues our string of lovely dry, minerally, luscious wines from this great vineyard in Mendocino county. These 30 year old riesling vines, grown in the white, chalky soil of the McFadden Farm in Potter Valley, are tucked up against the cool hillsides of the east side of the valley—a perfect environment for this kind of grape.
This may be one of our favorite Vin Gris (that is, rosés) that we’ve ever made— we love the pale salmon color, the intensity of the fruit, and the absolute refreshing juiciness of the wine. It’s an ideal spring or summer wine; think of popping a cork out on the back deck, with a bucket of ice to keep it cool and a hot BBQ with your favorite grilled delicacies.
The 2012 vintage produced one of the best Dashe Cellars Grenache wines ever: luscious and velvety, bursting with red fruit flavors of raspberry and strawberry, and providing a complex and spicy range of flavors on the midpalate and finish.
This is without a doubt one of the best wines that we’ve made from this young vineyard. We think that there are a number of reasons for this: the vines are more established than previous years; the 2010 vintage produced a smaller crop; the cool season led to more acidity that highlighted the fruit. But for whatever reason, this is an exceptionally vibrant and intense zinfandel.
We consider this vineyard one of the best old-vine vineyards in Sonoma County. Truly, it is an honor to make wine from these remarkable old vines, grown on the property of John Louvau in the center of Dry Creek Valley. Unfortunately the 2010 harvest was tiny (only 1 ton per acre) so this vintage is for the exclusive accessibility of our wine club members.