Dashe Cellars Dry Creek Zinfandel 2010, $24: This baby is like a dark chocolate truffle with a cherry in the center melting in your mouth. It’s a bold, spicy, structured, brooding red with integrated oak and good acidity. Tannins are like velvet. Winemaking couple Michael and Anne Dashe combine their years of work at top vineyards around the world to craft their Sonoma County wines. The 2010 took some extra efforts because of the colder vintage, but they blended in 16 percent Petite Sirah to flesh out the Zinfandel and aged it in large French oak casks for softer oak character. It’s a manageable 13.7 percent alcohol. Dashe is a high-end producer of Sonoma wines — with incredible distribution across the country.
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