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Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel California Dancing Bull 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Flavors of blackberry, black cherry and raspberry with spicy notes of black pepper and vanilla.

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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 Zinfandel California Dancing Bull

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

This plush zin is chock full of jammy blueberry flavor, with little tannic restraint. Serve it cellar temperature with barbecue.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The wine is immediately approachable with lively raspberry and black pepper fruit. Dancing Bull Zinfandel has hints of black pepper and soft, supple tannins. An extremely versatile wine that pairs well with marinara sauce, grilled chicken or barbecued beef. With its bright, vibrant fruit flavors and zesty personality, this wine can go with just about any dish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The least expensive, the 2000 Zinfandel Dancing Bull may be the best Zinfandel buy in the marketplace. Its healthy dark plum/ruby color is accompanied by jammy black cherry fruit, medium body, excellent purity, and a lusty, heady finish. It represents everything a Zinfandel should be. Drink this fruit-driven, nicely-sized 2000 over the next 1-2 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The least expensive, the 2000 Zinfandel Dancing Bull may be the best Zinfandel buy in the marketplace. Its healthy dark plum/ruby color is accompanied by jammy black cherry fruit, medium body, excellent purity, and a lusty, heady finish. It represents everything a Zinfandel should be. Drink this fruit-driven, nicely-sized 2000 over the next 1ndash;2 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Not a heavy hoof landed in the Dancing Bull mdash; all finese and sweet, satiny fruit. Kirsch, red raspberrry flavors swirl the palate while enticing strawberry on the nose completes this ballerinarsquo;s pirouette.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

This Zinfandel is jammy and rather generic, but still appealing for its toasty cherry and sassafras notes. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

As for the red wines, the 2008 Zinfandel is better than many Zinfandels costing 2ndash;3 times the price. Composed of 88% Zinfandel and the rest Petite Sirah and a tiny dollop of Tempranillo, it possesses a dark ruby hue along with plenty of wild berry fruit, herb, pepper and spice characteristics, soft tannins, enough acidity to provide zestiness, and fine balance. It should drink nicely for 1ndash;2 years.


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Flavors of blackberry, black cherry and raspberry with spicy notes of black pepper and vanilla.

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