Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Toreador Monte Rosso Vineyard 2008

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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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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
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Vintage: 2003 09/18/2007

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External Reviews for Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Toreador Monte Rosso Vineyard

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Vintage: 2006 09/23/2011

"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



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Tasting Notes:

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.

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.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 16.9% pH: 3.69
Sugar: 3.9 grams per liter Total Acidity: 6.5 grams per liter

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