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 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 Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. 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.
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1 rating, 1 with reviewblckmmb - Gypsum, CO311/17/2014
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).Related ProductsSpicy, lush black fruit of Alexander Valley. Briary and raspberry flavors, along with structure, of cooler Dry Creek Valley. Balanced ...
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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