Dashe Cellars The Comet Red Blend Sonoma County 2014 750ML
$38.00
HISTORY
The Comet is a blend of three wines: a 51-year-old vine Zinfandel from Geyserville, a 130-year-old vine Carignane, and a significant proportion30% of the blendof an Alexander Valley Petite Sirah. Together, they make a rich, complex, full-bodied wine with a tremendous depth of flavor. 
The Zinfandel and Petite Sirah come from the Todd Brothers Ranch, a steep, red-rock vineyard where the vines struggle to produce a small quantity of grapes, resulting in wines with great intensity and structure. The old-vine Carignane is from the famous Bedrock Vineyard, a vineyard that was originally planted by Generals Sherman and Hooker before the Civil War. The Carignane adds fruit and spice to this luscious, full-bodied wine.

PRODUCTION
We fermented each element of the wine separately, using the native yeasts resident on the grape skins. Each wine was aged for six months separately before we carefully created the Comet blend. The wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels85% of which was older oak since we prefer the flavor of the fruit to not be overpowered.
 
The resulting wine absolutely bowled us over with its rich texture and depth of flavors. We feel this wine should easily improve with 12 or more years of bottle age, and can be cellared for many years after that.
93 Points, Gold | Press Democrat Wine Competition
 
Gold, Best in Class | Sunset International Wine Competition
This blend of old-vine "mixed blacks"- Zinfandel Carignane, and Petite Sirah-is massive in dark-fruit flavor, yet refreshing, with bright acidity and a long, savory finish.
 
88 Points | Wine Spectator
Precise and balanced, with floral raspberry and tomato leaf aromas and sleek cherry, dill and pepper flavors. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane. Drink now through 2021. 324 cases made. – TF
 
87 Points | The Wine Advocate
The 2014 The Comet is deep garnet-purple in color, offering notes of baked black berries, preserved plums and spice cake with touches of sautéed herbs and earth. Full-bodied with powerful, mouth-filling baked berry flavors, it has chewy tannins and a lively lift of freshness to the finish. – Robert Parker
Size750 ML
Vintage2014
Varietal58% Zinfandel, 30% Petite Sirah, 12% Carignane
StateCalifornia
AppellationAlexander Valley, Sonoma County
Alcohol %14.5
Time in Oak18 months
Oak10% new French oak; 90% two-year or older French oak
Production324 cases
Release DateOctober 1st, 2016
Optimum time for consumption2016-2036
AromasLovely fruit aromas of blackberry, cassis, and plum, followed by spicy elements of black pepper, chocolate, coffee, and black licorice.
TasteVibrant blackberry and cassis fruit, coffee, chocolate, with balanced acidity and round, lush tannins. Great weight on the tongue with a slight tannic—almost cabernet-like—structure.