2017 'Les Enfants Terribles' Mendocino Cuvée Zinfandel
Zinfandel •Signal Ridge Vineyard
California: Mendocino County: Mendocino Ridge
Been a bad, bad boy
That Saxon Brown is SOLD OUT, but fear not, we have the ultimate Double Agent Zin for ya…
Dashe comes dashing back with 92 points - 41% OFF - the roof is on fire!
Here’s what happened just yesterday at our weekly tasting panel, can’t make this stuff up. We went through a dozen or so mediocre wines to find maybe one or two worthy of your palates, which happens often around here. Then we thought we needed a bottle from our favorite drinkers of the last few months to RESET our minds as a reminder of what great juice should taste like, so we popped one of these bad boys, and once again, to our amazement and amusement, it knocked our socks off as if our socks have never been knocked off before.
This bright, piquant, Pinot-like Zinfandel comes from the husband and wife team behind Dashe Cellars, Mike & Anne. They draw on a wealth of experience, having worked at some of the world’s most renowned wineries: Lafite-Rothschild and La Dominique in Bordeaux, Cloudy Bay in New Zealand, Schramsberg, Far Niente, Ridge Vineyards, and Chappellet stateside. Today, Michael & Anne mostly focus on vineyard-designate expressions such as this.
The grapes come from Signal Ridge Vineyard, the highest elevation in Mendocino at 3,000 feet and the only appellation in the country designated on the sole basis of altitude. Modeled after the Grand Cru wines of the Beaujolais region, this is all about freshness. Light red in color, medium-bodied, and only spending about five months in large oak foudres it’s the PERFECT accompaniment with so many dinners. Brimming, nay SINGING with bright red raspberry and pomegranate, cranberry, and wet river stones with a sprinkling of savory spices.
If you are familiar with the magic of Dashe, you already know what’s up. Round out your locker with a bottle or ten of this, and maybe throw in a big baller Cabernet (got a good one coming in a few days!), to get you all set for turkey day, and beyond.
Some eye-popping praise along those perfect-for Thanksgiving lines, by none other than Eric Asimov of The New York Times, one of the most respected wine critics of our time, “Some people love to serve Zinfandel, seeing it not only as American but free of any entangling foreign heritage. Forget that the grape originally came from Croatia, it surely has been naturalized by now. Ordinarily, I find Zinfandel to be too big and alcoholic a wine to drink over many hours, but some of the lighter, more elegant versions would make good choices. One that I tried recently, but which might be hard to find, was Les Enfants Terrible from Dashe Cellars, a super-light, deliciously drinkable wine that I would be proud to serve at Thanksgiving, if I could find enough of it…”
Well, it’s Thanksgiving EVERY MEAL this lands on our tables from now on, we just can’t get enough of it, neither will you!
92 Points – Wine Enthusiast
“This wine is nicely ripe and nicely dry, bracing its focused raspberry and black-plum flavors with firm tannins and full body. Hints of cedar and rosemary in the aroma and on the finish add interesting complexity.”
Vivid pale ruby with a brilliant core of candy apple red
SINGING with bright red raspberry, pomegranate, cranberry, wet river stones, and savory spices
Modeled after the Grand Cru wines of Beaujolais, this is all about freshness, juicy and medium-bodied
Clean, crisp and so playful that each sip leaves you yearning for the next, echoing on and on
That perfect Thanksgiving feast, be it ultratraditional or modernized, this is your goto red
What the Winery Says
- Michael Dashe
- 100% Zinfandel
- Mendocino Ridge, Mendocino County
- Signal Ridge Vineyard
- 5 months
- 900-gallon French foudre