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The grapes were destemmed but not crushed and transferred to stainless steel fermentation tanks. As a result, a significant portion of the fruit remained either intact as berries or in partial cluster. We find that whole berry or cluster fermentation of our Zinfandel grapes helps produce a concentrated, fresh and forward raspberry-like character in the resulting wine. This fermentation from inside the berry itself ""seals"" in a true fruit character and minimizes the possibility of extracting harsher, bitter tannins from the grape skins.
We kept fermentation temperature at 85o F for five days. The must was circulated frequently in order to keep the cap cool and moist. We feel this process accentuates the wonderful zesty character of the Zinfandel grape. The fermenting wine was removed from skins and seeds before it reached total dryness.
The juice then underwent malolactic fermentation to soften the acids. After settling, the wine was racked into a combination of French, American, and European medium toast oak barrels for twelve months to deepen the flavors and add the spicy, toasty layers to the wine.
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.
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...Read More About Sonoma County
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...Read More About Zinfandel
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