Dashe Cellars The Comet Red Blend Sonoma County 2014 750MLDashe Cellars
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 proportion—30% of the blend—of 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.
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 barrels—85% 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
and can be cellared for many years after that. age,
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
Varietal58% Zinfandel, 30% Petite Sirah, 12% Carignane
AppellationAlexander Valley, Sonoma County
Time in Oak18 months
Oak10% new French oak; 90% two-year or older French oak
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.