De Loach Merlot Dry Creek Valley Heritage Reserve 2005
Color: Purple hue, even in the legs Nose: Spicy, peppery, vanilla, vegetal, strong alcohol Flavor: Good fruit, oak, sweet, sticky, stays around probably 40-60 seconds, acidity taking up the rear Mouthfeel: Somewhat astringent Pretty average, but reliable, goes well with lasagna that we're having for dinner!
It is what it is. For $9 it's a great value. Not very complex. Nice full mouthful...cherry finish (which seems to follow me everywhere). Goes great with a cold cut turkey sandwich. My wife likes it more than me.
Knowing that I was going to have an Asian style stir-fry consisting of sirloin tips and mixed veggies, I wanted a red that was somewhat full-bodied with enough zest to perfectly compliment the meal. This wine came close enough and did the trick. It was zesty and perhaps a little fuller than I had hoped for, but it worked. Still, I'll had better Red Zinfandels for slightly less money.
Very cherry. Smooth, vanilla, and very little pucker (hardly any tannin). I expect Zinfandel to be a serious wine--this one was a little too gentle, too sweet, too easy. A kitten posing as a maneater.
A good example of California Zinfandel. Dark color and almost thick looking. Alcohol is strong on the nose with spice. Notes of blackberry with strong spice/pepper. Long finish with some acidity. Good to have around for an Italian dish or a steak.
External Reviews for De Loach Merlot Dry Creek Valley Heritage Reserve
Eric Cinnamon makes a lot of good Zinfandels for the Rancho Zabaco label, and if you’re familiar with the label you probably have your own favorites. I keep coming back to the “Heritage Vines” bottling even though it’s a county wine rather than a vineyard wine. I rationalize this three ways. First, the wine costs less than twenty bucks but always drinks like it costs more. Second, Sonoma County is the quintessential Zinfandel county. I’ve had terrific Zins from at least half a dozen appellations in Sonoma, and plenty of great county wines as well. Third, the plant material is good. Combine good cultivars with good Zin country and a winemaker who specializes in the grape, and good things happen.This version has attractive brambly qualities and deep, concentrated dark fruit in the aromas. Those “heritage ” vines could be interplanted with blueberries, because the wine is loaded with them, plus blackberries and sweet wild cherries. All these flavours take turns in your mouth, not as independent actors but as successive waves of fruit-flavored enjoyment. Another thing about this wine: it’s not nearly as big a Zin as Cinnamon can make, so it’s never hot or threatening to knock your palate out of your mouth. Instead the wine features a smooth texture and elegant acidity that rides close into the texture and sweetness rather than thinning out the edges. Final note: I retasted the 2004 for this review, and it was even better after a year in bottle than when I first sampled it. I know it sounds goofy to cellar an $18 county Zin, but with this wine, I would.
Rancho Zabaco Sonoma Zinfandel 2005: Dekantier-Empfehlung (1 Std. vorher belüften), empf. Trinktemperatur 16-18°C, lagerfähig 3 - 5 Jahre ab Jahrgang,Jahrgang: 2005Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: Weingut: Rancho ZabacoRebsorte: 100% Zinfandel Restzucker: 4,75 g/LiterRestsäure: 5,75 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 14,5 % Rotwein
Rancho Zabaco is a name virtually synonymous with Zinfandel, but not just any Zinfandel. Rancho Zabaco is crafted for the Zinfandel enthusiast with distinctive wines from some of the finest vineyards in Sonoma County. That means that Rancho Zabaco Zinfandels are exuberantly robust and full of spice – the kind of taste that makes Zin lovers smile and say "Wow!"
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