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D-Cubed Cellars 2008 'Korte Ranch' Zinfandel

D-Cubed Cellars

2008 Zinfandel
Bottle Size: 750ml, 12/cs
Region: St. Helena, Napa, CA


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For each case (12 bottles) purchase receive personally signed bottles by Winemaker Duane Dappen!
Tasting Notes:
A gorgeous brick-ruby core and pale pink-brick rim speak to two of the attributes of this wine; old vines and time spent aging in the barrel and bottle. The bouquet of stewed red and blue fruits, strawberry jam, currant and red licorice are just the first in a long line of aromas emerging from the glass. Hints of hearty herbs, clove, dusty earth and salinity also pull through after a bit of time. On the palate are flavors of red currant, red licorice, dusty strawberries and jammy stewed fruits. This Zinfandel is unfined and spent thirteen months in oak, plus time in the bottle, and has mellowed perfectly so it is enjoyable to drink on its own and will certainly pair well with food.
  • Grapes
    100% Zinfandel
  • Region
    St. Helena, CA
  • Production
    201 cases
  • Alcohol
  • Ageability
    Enjoy now through 2016
About the Winemaker:

Winemaker/owner Duane David Dappen (hence D-Cubed) began his career as a Napa Valley winemaker with a 4-H project. Raised in an agricultural family, it is in his blood to work with products of the land. His first experience in winemaking came when he and a group of friends entered the El Dorado County Fair Home Winemaking Competition and received “Best in Show” for their blend of Chenin Blanc and Grenache.

Inspired by his brush with winemaking fame, Duane entered the Enology program at University of California, Davis. He spent years developing his craft and building an impressive resume at Grgich Hills, Storybook MountainRombauer Vineyards and Frank Family Vineyards. D-Cubed got its start in 1994 when several tons of the super-esteemed Black Sears Zinfandel became available. To many Napa Valley winemakers, fruit from this location is considered Zinfandel Gold! D-Cubed is in good company sourcing Black Sears Zinfandel alongside world famous Ridge Vineyards and Turley Vineyards.

About the Vineyard:

Korte Ranch Vineyard is one of the most iconic Zinfandel vineyards in Napa Valley. Gnarly old head pruned vines were originally planted in the late 1880’s with the youngest vines planted about 1910. The age of these vines combined with dry farming techniques, rocky soil and cool morning and nighttime temperatures produce grapes capable of making layered, complex wine.

Affiliations: Winemaker/owner Duane David Dappen is a board member for ZAP (Zinfandel Advocate & Producers).

Additional Winemaker Notes:
91 points Wine Spectator!
Read more about D-Cubed: Our History and Love of Zinfandel on our blog site, The Daily Flight.
Food Pairing Suggestions:
This Zinfandel is a meat lover’s wine! Big and bold with high acidity and tannin, Zinfandel can stand up to meat dishes and cut through fat providing a perfect balance of flavors. It pairs beautifully with BBQ pork ribs, roast leg of lamb, steak, Italian sausage, venison and brisket. Also try tomato based pasta dishes such as lasagna or spaghetti, beef stew or chili and cheeses such as Parmesan, aged Cheddar or Gouda, Asiago or Pepper Jack.
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