Rancho Zabaco Monte Rosso Zinfandel 2008
Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
Rancho Zabaco 2008 Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel is a flavorful expression of the unique terroir of this vineyard, which is located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley. Flavors of crushed berry, white pepper and nutmeg are matched with a ripe, structured mouthfeel. Monte Rosso's old Zinfandel vines, some more than 125 years old, make this wine a great pairing to a variety of foods and truly age-worthy, with its blend of rich tannins and natural acidity.
Blend: 99% Zinfandel, 1% Petite Sirah
The Wine Advocate - "From one of the iconic and grand cru vineyards of California, the 2008 Zinfandel Monte Rosso (99% Zinfandel and 1% Petite Sirah) was aged in 100% new oak (mostly American). It boasts an opaque purple color as well as notes of new saddle leather, jammy blackberries, black cherries and strawberries, and copious spice box, cedar and herbs. A dazzling texture, full-bodied opulence and a long finish..."
Rancho Zabaco Winery
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. View all Rancho Zabaco Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about half as much wine as its northeasterly neighbor. Because of its vast size, however, Sonoma is able to achieve far more diversity within its borders, which include sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid-back and down-to-earth, but the wines are serious and well-made, ranging in style from subtle and elegant to rich and powerful. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4.54.3 out of 5 stars
2 ratings, 2 with reviewsDebbie S. - San Diego, CA59/30/2015
I have to go with 5 stars on this. It has quickly become my favorite Zin even against some amazing very expensive estate bottles out of Paso - who have wonderful Zins. Every time I serve this to company it gets rave reviews and they all want to know what is. Delicious in every sense of the word - a real experience. But please don't buy it - more for me!blckmmb - Gypsum, CO311/17/2014
- Big & Bold
This 2008 vintage boasts lots of fruit, new oak and alcohol. Berries, cedar and vanilla aromas. Medium-bodied with good structure and controlled acidity, it has a long finish, with velvety texture and soft tannis. It has evidently reached its peak, so do not save for later (11/14/14).
- Fruity & Smooth