Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Zinfandel 1997

Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California

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Item No. 10394
  • red wine
  • WS90
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Winemaker's Notes

The grapes for this wine were destemmed, but not crushed, minimizing bitter tannin extraction from the seeds. Gentle handling meant we were able to deliver a substantial percentage of berries for fermentation, yielding powerful, mouth-filling, bright fruit flavors.

One third of the blend underwent primary fermentation in rotary fermentors which maximize grape skin contact, while the rest completed fermentation in upright fermenters. Extended fermentation for an average of seven days allowed us to fully extract the big, ripe richness of our Zinfandel fruit. A gentle pressing was followed by malolactic fermentation.

After settling, the wine was tacked into small oak barrels (10% heavy toast, 90% medium toast), adding a distinctly smoky, vanilla component to the finished wine which highlights the varietal fruit's power. This Zin is neither fined or filtered.

Learn About Rancho Zabaco

Rancho Zabaco is named for one of the original Mexican land grants in Sonoma County. Sonoma County encompasses the Dry Creek Valley, the area from which Rancho Zabaco’s grapes are drawn. The wines are inspired by the bold spirit of the Spanish and Mexican pioneers who settled this rugged land.

Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Zinfandel

Zinfandel(ZIN-fahn-dell) American Grape Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America (Croatia has been named its origin), it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California. During Prohibition, many Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...

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