Zinfandel showcases a soft mouthfeel, which makes this wine both approachable and versatile with plenty of ripe dark fruit flavors of blackberry and black cherry, complemented by bright red fruit flavors of raspberry and strawberry. Spicy notes of black pepper and vanilla add layers which allow the fruit to be the star.
Our Zinfandel pairs well with heavier sauced dishes such as braised pork ribs or pasta with a rich, tomato based sauce.
We had bought a bottle of this previously, and not so long ago, but perhaps it was a different vintage. Or perhaps it was the fact that we drank several bottles (over a period of days, of course!) of a very nice Clos du Val Merlot before drinking a new bottle of this. In any case, if I hadn't paid for the bottle I would have poured it down the sink. Raw, raw, raw. I have liked Rancho Zabaco's various "Dancing Bull" varieties, but will never drink this one again.
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