By way of background, opening thoughts: Rancho Zabaco is known for its zinfandels. Today we are trying one of their reserve varieties from Dry Creek Valley that has the added attraction of having been cellared to a point nine years from vintage date.
Original tasting and review : This is Rancho Zabaco Reserve Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, 2004, finished at 15% alcohol.
In the glass: Deep red magenta, not opaque anywhere in the glass.
On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, deep, rich lusty fruit. From the aroma, seems like this will be husky and fun.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact slightly vegetable note comes through with solid, structured fruit and some tannin backup. My primary impression is that I wished I had sampled it six years ago. Finish is balanced and fresh.
In summary: Overall, because it has aged too long, I will not provide a rating on the Spirit of Wine scale. But I will advise drinking this variety before five years of age. Surprises me, because I believe the 15% alcohol would provide some long-lived qualities.
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