Dashe Cellars Les Enfants Terribles McFadden Farms Zinfandel
From the Winery:
"We make this wine using a technique called 'carbonic maceration.' About 10% of the grapes are pitchforked into the tank as whole clusters. We do not crush the remaining grapes, and instead let the whole berries fill the tank.
After fermentation, the wine is racked into a special aging barrel--a giant 900-gallon French oak barrel from Burgundy, whose large format allows us to age the wine without much oak flavor in the wine. The result is a very fruit-forward wine that has much of the character and texture of oak-aged wine, but without the typical oak flavoring.
We only age the wine for four or five months in barrel, and then immediately bottle it to capture the fresh fruit character of the wine. The result is beautifully balanced wine that is delicate, yet with lots of complexity and great length in the finish.
Aromas: Intense aromas of pomegranate, cranberry, red raspberries and wild strawberry, followed by earthy notes and hints of white pepper, rose and violets.
Taste: Suprisingly lucious and full-bodied considering the wine’s color. A velvety and mouth-coating texture, beautiful red fruit: cranberry, pomegranate and darker hints of black raspberry and plum. Great acidity to balance the sweetness of the fruit, and a long, sweet fruit-filled finish. A classic."