2015 Dashe Dry Creek Zinfandel
jam, blueberry, black pepper, cherry, plum, boysenberry, cranberry and licorice
candy, vanilla, oak, smoke, tar, musk and mushroom
About the Founders
Michael Dashe - Co-founder and Winemaker
Mike returned to United States in 1990 after working 4 months at Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, studying Rothschild’s traditional methods for developing wine intensity, complexity, and tannin management during fermentation. He was quickly offered a position as the Assistant Winemaker at Ridge Vineyards, where he worked with renowned winemaker, Paul Draper. It was during his tenure at Ridge that Mike refined his skills in gentle, minimalist-style winemaking, and, from Draper, learned the art of blending, rather than manipulating, the fruit. In 1995, Mike was placed in charge of Ridge’s Lytton Springs winery in Dry Creek Valley. The following year, in partnership with his winemaker wife, Anne, he began crafting his own wines under the Dashe Cellars label.
Anne Dashe - Co-founder
Prior to starting her coursework in enology, Anne took an internship at Château La Dominique in Saint-Émilion working harvest, and quickly found herself running the day-to-day operations in the cellar. In 1991, after two years of studies, she received her National Diploma of Enology from the University of Bordeaux. After graduation she decided to move away from the French world of wine—which too often favored the children of winemaking families—and moved to California for a job with Chappellet Winery in St. Helena.
After Chappellet, Anne took a position as research enologist at RMS Brandy Distillery in Carneros in 1992. In her five years at RMS, she learned the science of distillation, and the complex process of extracting key aromas and essences, while helping to develop new products, including a pear liqueur and several brandies.
In 1996, after getting married, Anne left RMS Distillery to focus full-time on Dashe Cellars.