Thursday, April 11, 2013

Review: $$ Rancho Zabaco Reserve Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, 2004

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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.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Rancho Zabaco Reserve Zinfandel.

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