Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel 2006

Recently while stocking up at BevMax, the distributor for Rancho Zabaco's Sonoma Heritage Zinfandel was pouring samples.  I picked up a few bottles for an upcoming get together with some of our friends.  This wine is a full-bodied zinfandel with big blackberry aroma along with some spices from the spice rack.  The flavors were very fruit forward with juicy cherries and blueberry. On the mid-palate is some earthy spices along with a hint of chocolate and just the right amount of oakiness on the back end. The tannins were relatively smooth and the flavors were long lasting but with a few extra years this should evolve into a really nice wine.  Like many of the CA Zins, it has a 15% alcohol content.  Our friends were not Zinfandel drinkers previously so I was concerned how it would go over.  It received nothing but good reviews.  It really hit the spot with the chocolate dessert.  This would pair nicely with grilled meats or stews, and a nice chocolate dessert.  Be sure to decant this wine for 1-2 hours. Overall a nice Zinfandel for $12. Wine Enthusiast rates this 89 points, and I would have to agree.

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