Saturday, March 19, 2011

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: ** $$ Rancho Zabaco Stefani Vineyard Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, CA, 1999

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Initial review, by way of background: This is Rancho Zabaco Stefani Vineyard Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, CA, 1999, cellared for over a decade, finished at 14.6% alcohol.

In the glass:Medium deep brick red.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows a slightly overripe bold red cherry ink.  A bit of unhappy petroleum funk comes along with this, but I believe this may blow off with more air.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright, perhaps past its prime too.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact fairly thin and brambly on the palate.  The fruit has separated from the tannins and from the acids.  They are all there, but it seems a bit of a light-hearted, bright-toned jumble. 

In summary: Overall, rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale,.  All of the requisite elements are there, just not knit together. (Or perhaps they were knit together in an earlier life, just not capable of the decade in bottle.)  If you drink it, drink it younger than I did.

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