2009 Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Old Vines Todd Brothers Ranch


  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Alexander Valley

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  • mazik Does not like this wine: 83 points

    February 12, 2014 - Popped and poured, strange bouquet, if you can call it that, of dust and forest floor, palate was hot, muted black fruit, good mouth feel, grippy tannins, medium finish. After a while I began to get candied cherry aromas, so I think the fruit is there, hiding out, will see if there is further improvement tomorrow. Later: Nope, fruit is just as muted on the following day. Gave it to my wife to poach figs in. Very disappointed--and I don't get the reviews by IWC and was our wine damaged, or were they drinking something else?

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  • tomherer commented:

    2/14/14, 11:09 AM - Just cracked my first last night -- very much like you describe it. Was quite "dead" -- tasted as if it had been aged an extra decade or two. No high hopes for hiding fruit to emerge, but would love to hear if it does for you..

  • mazik commented:

    2/14/14, 11:37 AM - Nothing much going on the following day either. I don't get the reviews by IWC and were they drinking something else?

  • tomherer commented:

    2/14/14, 12:01 PM - Yah, was just mulling that with a colleague. It's not just IWC and RJ, but around 10 consecutive positive TNs before the Last Bottle shipment landed, including a couple from MartinD of Enofylz Wine Blog, who is the man. After the LB shipments went out, all the TNs turned negative, so I'm guessing LB either flipped a flawed lot, and/or that it's weather-related. Given the weather that tarheel17 has been having in SF lately, it's starting to look like the former, which would be really surprising/disappointing, as I've never had anything but great experiences with LB.

  • Martin Redmond commented:

    2/15/14, 9:56 AM - Taste is of course subjective, but if there were strange aromas, you may have gotten a corked bottle

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