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Dry Creek Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2011

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Flavors of juicy lingonberry, blueberry syrup, elderberry preserves and huckleberry smoothie develop in your mouth you realize that there's more to the flavors than just berries. Named for an historic Mexican land grant, Rancho Zabaco wines are an authentic expression of a special place and time in Sonoma's history.

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Rancho Zabaco Winery:
While Rancho Zabaco Winery is a fledgling winery, with only a decade under its belt, the land’s history is rich. Given to a 14-year-old boy in 1843, the 17,000 acre land in northern Sonoma County was originally farmland. Dubbed “Tzabaco Rancho” by its owner, it was the basis for Rancho Zabaco’s name and future success. Founder and winemaker Eric Cinnamon devotes his ti... Read more
While Rancho Zabaco Winery is a fledgling winery, with only a decade under its belt, the land’s history is rich. Given to a 14-year-old boy in 1843, the 17,000 acre land in northern Sonoma County was originally farmland. Dubbed “Tzabaco Rancho” by its owner, it was the basis for Rancho Zabaco’s name and future success. Founder and winemaker Eric Cinnamon devotes his time to the land, producing only the wines that grow best in the area: Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel. Their land in the Russian River Valley is devoted to Sauvignon Blanc, while Dry Creek Valley, the “Zin Zone,” consistently produces world-class Zinfandel. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Dry Creek Heritage Vines Zinfandel

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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0.00 5
07/16/2012

Very pretty and perfumed on the nose. All sorts of fresh and lightly dried fruit aromas like grapefruit and fig create attractive complexity. There’s also a nice floral top note here and some glassy, nuanced soil tones. This is rich and smooth in the mouth. Plenty of acidity adds its limy mark, but the slightly obviously sweet apple and pineapple fruit absorbs the acidity nicely, allowing it to add a nice mineral fishtail on the back end. The finish is a touch dull with the sugar taking the upper hand most of the way, but that’s a minor detail in an otherwise winning package. 90pts


External Reviews for Dry Creek Heritage Vines Zinfandel

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
10/02/2013

The 2011 Heritage Vines Zinfandel presents a wonderful profile of blueberry, red currants, and silky structure that speak to the cool 2011 vintage. An additional few minutes in the glass reveal underlying mineral nuances that make this wine really stand out. The moderate alcohol nature of this Zin provides smooth tannin and structure, making the palate very well balanced. The fruit is evident but not overpowering, with layers of black cherry, mixed berries, currants and all spice. This Zinfandel speaks to the old vine DNA of this wine, with earthy mixed berry characters and subtler hints of white and black pepper. The finish lingers on, creating a mouth-watering desire for another sip. - WineryBARREL AGING: 19 months in French, American, and Hungarian oakBLEND:84% Zinfandel16% Petite SirahALCOHOL: 14.5%PH: 3.72TA: 0.61g/100mL


External Review
07/28/2010

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!"


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/24/2014

The 2011 Heritage Vines Zinfandel presents a wonderful profile of blueberry, red currants, and silky structure that speak to the cool 2011 vintage. An additional few minutes in the glass reveal underlying mineral nuances that make this wine really stand out. The moderate alcohol nature of this Zin provides smooth tannin and structure, making the palate very well balanced. The fruit is evident but not overpowering, with layers of black cherry, mixed berries, currants and all spice. This Zinfandel speaks to the old vine DNA of this wine, with earthy mixed berry characters and subtler hints of white and black pepper. The finish lingers on, creating a mouth-watering desire for another sip. - Winery BARREL AGING: 19 months in French, American, and Hungarian oak BLEND: 84% Zinfandel 16% Petite Sirah ALCOHOL: 14.5% PH: 3.72 TA: 0.61g/100mL



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Flavors of juicy lingonberry, blueberry syrup, elderberry preserves and huckleberry smoothie develop in your mouth you realize that there's more to the flavors than just berries. Named for an historic Mexican land grant, Rancho Zabaco wines are an authentic expression of a special place and time in Sonoma's history.

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