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Dry Creek Zinfandel Heritage Clone 2008

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Our 2008 Heritage Zinfandel, blended from Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley fruit, shows off all that is appealing about Zinfandel. The warm 2008 vintage gave us beautifully ripe grapes. Aromas of raspberries, cherries and spicy oak are followed by flavors of blueberry pie and dark chocolate. This is a very well balanced wine, flavorful and smooth, made for daily enjoyment.

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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

Member Reviews for Dry Creek Zinfandel Heritage Clone

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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
3.50 5
07/08/2010

Straightforward and clean woody aroma with nice blackberry fruit on the mouth, solid tannic body, warm finish.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.50 5
07/12/2010

strawberry, blackberry, raspberry aromas, sweet fruit notes. loads of blackberries on the palate, fruit forward and smooth with spice on the back end, drinkable and full of fruit.


Snooth User: rar8888
1580261,280
2.00 5
04/18/2010

Tasted at Geneva tasting 4/18/2010


Snooth User: rjpease
3949851,035
3.00 5
07/12/2010

This is a very rich wine, with lots of plum/cherry and chocolate. I drank it slightly chilled, on a hot day, but would have preferred this "warming wine" at room temperature in the middle of winter.


Snooth User: rjpease
3949851,035
3.50 5
09/16/2010

A nice smooth zinfandel, with lots of vanilla and rich floral notes. Not too spicy, and well balanced.


Snooth User: Wine Fire
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3.50 5
02/08/2012

A balanced, focused, zesty wine of great value at this price. The nose displays pepper and spice, with dark fruits dancing through. The palate launches to fruit medleys of blackberry and raspberry, enlivened by spikes of pepper and a nicely tangy acidity. The wine endures nicely over two days, but is ready to drink at opening.


Snooth User: nvansicklen
211788549
3.50 5
07/12/2010

Cherry, dark and earthy, beautiful aroma, great for any grilled food.


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External Reviews for Dry Creek Zinfandel Heritage Clone

External Review
05/18/2011

Robust and at times elegant, with an array of ripe cherry, currant and blackberry fruit. Finishes with depth, complexity and a nice sense of balance and proportion. Drink now through 2005.


External Review
05/18/2011

The 2000 Zinfandel Heritage Vines is a real steal. It exhibits a dark ruby/plum color along with explosive aromas of black fruits, pepper, and spice. Medium to full-bodied, with oodles of briery fruit, a supple texture, and a long, lusty, heady finish, this uncomplicated, delicious Zinfandel should be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years.


External Review
09/23/2011

"Sonoma Heritage Vines delivers an abundance of black fruits and spice


External Review
05/18/2011

Another well-made, luscious, rich Zin from out of the bull-pen. Rich and jammy, with dark fruit and berry flavors and earthy tannins. Enjoy with grilled meats, sausage, and a football game.


External Review
05/18/2011

An excellent bargain in Zinfandel is the 60,000-case cuvee of the 2006 Zinfandel Heritage Vines. Aromas of pepper, roasted herbs, smoked meats, charcoal, and briery, red mountain fruits jump from the glass of this medium to full-bodied, heady, lush, fleshy Zinfandel. Consume it over the next 3-4 years.


External Review
09/27/2011

This Zin's smooth red fruit has a honey, brett-like earthiness and a firm grip. Scents of sassafras and indigo ink build out of the bricky tannins, and that tannin lasts, needing lots of air before serving with grilled sausages.


External Review
05/18/2011

Spicy, racy, and modestly tannic, with lingering chocolate, dried black currant, plum and lead pencil flavors. Drink now through 2004.


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Tasting Notes:

The 2008 vintage of Sonoma Heritage Vines delivers an abundance of black fruit and spice aromas, demonstrating the classic and distinctive characteristics of Zinfandel. The soft, plummy, and jammy flavors and textures make this wine not only approachable, but also versatile, allowing it to be paired with a wide range of foods.

Our 2008 Heritage Zinfandel, blended from Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley fruit, shows off all that is appealing about Zinfandel. The warm 2008 vintage gave us beautifully ripe grapes. Aromas of raspberries, cherries and spicy oak are followed by flavors of blueberry pie and dark chocolate. This is a very well balanced wine, flavorful and smooth, made for daily enjoyment.

Wine Specs:

Sugar: 3.6 grams per liter Total Acidity: 6.1 grams per liter

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