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Rancho Zabaco Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2013

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Wine: "Crafted in the heart of Sonoma County's "Zin Zone," Rancho Zabaco wines showcase the decadent flavor characteristics of some of Sonoma's most sought after vineyards. Named for an historic Mexican land grant, Rancho Zabaco wines are an authentic expression of a special place and time in Sonoma's history." "Often called "America's Grape," Zinfandel originated in Croatia in Eastern Europe and migrated to the U.S. in the early 19th century. By the middle of the 19th century, Zinfandel had made it all the way to California and was prospering throughout Sonoma County." "Zinfandel vines are naturally vigorous, requiring careful pruning, canopy management and irrigation to balance the health and fruitfulness of the vineyard. Wines made from Zinfandel grapes can range from refined and elegant to hearty and robust, and are characterized by flavors of black or red fruits and spicy notes of pepper and ginger." "At Rancho Zabaco, our Zinfandel wines offer exceptional quality and complexity, as we use a variety of Zinfandel grapes from Sonoma County's "Zin Zone" to experiment with new grapegrowing and winemaking methods. For example, we use multiple field selection clones from some of our longtime growers in the Dry Creek Valley, which affords us more options when it’s time to blend: a little more spice from one batch, a little more dark fruit from another. Our unique 101 Zinfandel clone produces smaller berries and looser clusters, which translates to more color and flavor intensity in our wines.- Winery Region: "A series of ridges and valleys, positioned diagonally to the ocean by the clashing of the earth's crust over millennia, give Sonoma County its famous collection of climate zones, soil types and vineyard sites. All of the forces of nature conspired here to make a perfect vineyard for any type of wine grape. The vast Pacific Ocean ushers in cooling breezes that spawn fog banks, which continually settle over the vines. Further inland, broad alluvial plains fill the eastern portion of the county, where sun-loving varieties, like Zinfandel, prosper best. Eroded volcanoes, upturned mountaintop seabeds, river rocks and silt provide the raw materials for vineyard soils that suit each vine to perfection." - Winery

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Varietal: Zinfandel
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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

External Reviews for Rancho Zabaco Heritage Vines Zinfandel

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Source: We Speak Wine
01/27/2015

The 2013 Heritage Vines Zinfandel continues our string of delicious and beautifully balanced versions of this wine. This vintage presents enticing aromatics of fresh blackberries, black cherry and toasty oak nuances. On the palate, complex flavors of raspberry, licorice and allspice give way to intriguing notes of Asian spice and pepper. The wine is dense and complex, but does not burden the palate with too much of any single character - everything is in balance and carries the right amount of finesse. The tannins are silky and smooth with refined notes that please the senses. From start to finish, this wine is a joy to experience and reminds of us of just how good Zinfandel is from the Dry Creek Valley. - Winery BARREL AGING: 15 months is French, American and Hungarian oak ALCOHOL: 14.5% pH: 3.71 TA: 0.67g/100mL



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Wine: "Crafted in the heart of Sonoma County's "Zin Zone," Rancho Zabaco wines showcase the decadent flavor characteristics of some of Sonoma's most sought after vineyards. Named for an historic Mexican land grant, Rancho Zabaco wines are an authentic expression of a special place and time in Sonoma's history." "Often called "America's Grape," Zinfandel originated in Croatia in Eastern Europe and migrated to the U.S. in the early 19th century. By the middle of the 19th century, Zinfandel had made it all the way to California and was prospering throughout Sonoma County." "Zinfandel vines are naturally vigorous, requiring careful pruning, canopy management and irrigation to balance the health and fruitfulness of the vineyard. Wines made from Zinfandel grapes can range from refined and elegant to hearty and robust, and are characterized by flavors of black or red fruits and spicy notes of pepper and ginger." "At Rancho Zabaco, our Zinfandel wines offer exceptional quality and complexity, as we use a variety of Zinfandel grapes from Sonoma County's "Zin Zone" to experiment with new grapegrowing and winemaking methods. For example, we use multiple field selection clones from some of our longtime growers in the Dry Creek Valley, which affords us more options when it’s time to blend: a little more spice from one batch, a little more dark fruit from another. Our unique 101 Zinfandel clone produces smaller berries and looser clusters, which translates to more color and flavor intensity in our wines.- Winery Region: "A series of ridges and valleys, positioned diagonally to the ocean by the clashing of the earth's crust over millennia, give Sonoma County its famous collection of climate zones, soil types and vineyard sites. All of the forces of nature conspired here to make a perfect vineyard for any type of wine grape. The vast Pacific Ocean ushers in cooling breezes that spawn fog banks, which continually settle over the vines. Further inland, broad alluvial plains fill the eastern portion of the county, where sun-loving varieties, like Zinfandel, prosper best. Eroded volcanoes, upturned mountaintop seabeds, river rocks and silt provide the raw materials for vineyard soils that suit each vine to perfection." - Winery

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