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Rancho Zabaco Toreador Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard 2008

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

The limited production 2008 Zinfandel Monte Rosso Toreador (a 250-case blend of 92% Zinfandel and 8% Petite Sirah with a whopping 16.9% alcohol) saw more new French than American oak. A pedal-to-the-metal, full-throttle Zin, this opaque ruby/purple-colored offering displays notes of blackberries, cassis, licorice, incense and Asian spices in its massive, full-bodied, bigger-than-life personality. This huge wine is brilliantly balanced and capable of lasting a decade or more, although these wines are generally best drunk in their boisterous youth.

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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 Toreador Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
08/09/2015

The limited production 2008 Zinfandel Monte Rosso Toreador (a 250-case blend of 92% Zinfandel and 8% Petite Sirah with a whopping 16.9% alcohol) saw more new French than American oak. A pedal-to-the-metal, full-throttle Zin, this opaque ruby/purple-colored offering displays notes of blackberries, cassis, licorice, incense and Asian spices in its massive, full-bodied, bigger-than-life personality. This huge wine is brilliantly balanced and capable of lasting a decade or more, although these wines are generally best drunk in their boisterous youth.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
08/09/2015

The main thing to know about this wine is it has extraordinarily high alcohol, 16.8%. That gives it a hot, peppery mouthfeel, and also the impression of sweetness, although it’s actually dry. The flavors of raspberries, cola, red currants and bacon are explosive. It’s a wine people will love or not, but it is a very fine expression of its style.




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