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Dashe Cellars 2008 Todd Brothers Ranch Petite Sirah -- Wine Review

Alexander Valley, CA

Our Selection for Wine of the Week February 28, 2011

A bottle of Dashe Cellars 2008 Todd Brothers Ranch Petite Sirah, our Wine of the Week review

Dashe Cellars
2008 Todd Brothers Ranch Petite Sirah

Alexander Valley, CA

Dashe is the vision of husband and wife winemaking team Michael and Anne Dashe. The couple's focus is on making vineyard-specific wines from the many notable appellations of Sonoma County, California. The Dashes began by focusing on Zinfandel, the grape for which they are still best known, but have gone on to produce critically lauded Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Riesling and Petite Sirah. The Todd Brothers Ranch Petite Sirah comes from the western slope of a very special vineyard site in northern Sonoma County. On the nose the wine offers plum and tart currant aromas intermingled with woodsy, mushroomy notes and a hint of spice. On the palate, it is weighty with tart black currant, blackberry, espresso, cacao and lingering toasted oak on the finish. Although it is, as Petite Sirahs traditionally are, a tannic wine, its impression on the palate is somehow smooth, with an almost silky mouthfeel. The wine's acidity will cut through rich foods and allow its big body to shine. So don't be afraid to serve it with spiced, grilled steaks, brisket or even wild boar in a red wine reduction.

Rating: 14.5/20

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