Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Toreador Monte Rosso Vineyard 2008
The grapes were hand harvested and hand sorted to ensure the optimal quality of fruit went into the final blend. The grapes were de-stemmed and gently crushed, yielding 40% whole berries. The grapes were cold soaked for two to three days at temperatures not exceeding 60°F to add color and complexity, followed by a 10 to 14 day fermentation period where the temperature did not exceed 88°F. The wine was aged over nine months in oak barrels, imparting nuances of vanilla and toasted coconut.
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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.
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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This is an Old Vine Zinfandel at its essence. The sophisticated Toreador captures the true varietal character of Monte Rosso Zinfandel with expressive flavors and aromas of black raspberry, ripe plum jam and black cherry, surrounded by rich tannins and a peppery, clove spice that are supple on the palate. Hints of dark chocolate and nuances of vanilla from the oak influence linger in a long and lasting finish. This elegantly concentrated Zinfandel can be enjoyed now, but will also age well over the next ten years.
|Alcohol: 16.9%||pH: 3.69|
|Sugar: 3.9 grams per liter||Total Acidity: 6.5 grams per liter|
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