2009 Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Old Vines Todd Brothers Ranch


  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Alexander Valley

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  • tarheel17 wrote:

    February 10, 2014 - nose: dust, dried fruit. not too exciting.

    palate: most surprising (not having tasted the producer before) is the med-high/high acid. It has a straightforward palate that is neither heavy/plush nor light/dynamic - rather staid, really. The long finish brings mostly tart red fruit with just the faintest bit of spice. Low-ish alcohol for a zin, though it is not entirely minimized.

    I don't know that I would peg this as zinfandel necessarily. I like the low-octane persona, but the wine is just kinda boring. Perhaps travel-shocked - received it in the mail 2 days ago. Will hold final judgement until it has "settled" (although I'm not entirely sure that travel shock exists in wine, I remain willing to be disproven).

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  • matro commented:

    2/11/14, 6:53 AM - Just tried this as well. Seems like its over the hill to me, which is surprising for 09. The fruit is definitely overshadowed in this one.

  • tarheel17 commented:

    2/11/14, 8:18 AM - agreed. Not what I was expecting from 5 year old fruit.

  • tomherer commented:

    2/11/14, 7:42 PM - Just got mine in Maine from LB. Arrived around 2:00pm, opened the box and pulled them out now at 10:30pm, and they were still freezing cold to the touch. Thinking they may have actually been frozen solid for some time. Will be looking for travel shock, if not damage, but will thaw them out for a couple weeks and hope they show OK..

  • mazik commented:

    2/12/14, 10:03 PM - Travel shock is relevant to vintage port, disturb the crust and it's weeks settling. But I've had some strange things happen to wines shipped from CA, like two bottles of Sea Smoke pinot that tasted oxydized after the journey in a truck, or bottles from Blicker Pierce that traveled in cold conditions that pushed the cork up a bit. My guess is that it needs a bit of air or time rather than that it's faded.

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