Named for one of the original Mexican land grants in Sonoma County, Rancho Zabaco Winery showcases the rich heritage of the land in a zinfandel that is historiThe deep garnet hue is as intense and rich as the hillside and benchland vineyards where the 2011 Sonoma Heritage Vines varietal ($18) was grown. Although the wet conditions presented challenges to the winemaker, the zinfandel has thrilling aromas and patrician flavors.
Here’s some interesting, albeit chemical, magic that occurs before bottling: First, the destemmer removed almost all the stems. Second, the goal for the maceration was to forcefully remove the stems during the first half of fermentation and drain and press the wine off the skins prior to drying. This process coaxes out the depth of the ripe fruit that lies within zinfandel grapes. Toast levels on the deep American and French oak barrels revealed chocolate and roasted coffee features into the finished wine. There is also a pinch of petite sirah in the wine.
This vibrant selection is crafted for the true “Zinophile.” Its jammy aromas of blackberry and blueberry tempt the senses as a precursor for ripe elderberry, mocha, hints of pepper and oak flavors.
This zinfandel is meant to be enjoyed with a smorgasbord of bold dishes from roast turkey, pulled pork sandwiches and semi-sweet iced chocolate cake.