2011 Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel Heritage Vines

Year: 2011
Appellation: Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 89
California Grapevine: 89
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
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"The 2011 Zinfandel Heritage Vines is a ridiculously delicious wine for the money. Juicy dark cherries, tobacco, menthol and cloves positively burst from the glass. There is no shortage of varietal character in this plush, juicy Zinfandel. At just $15 a bottle, the 2011 is a steal. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. " (WA)

3. 2011 Rancho Zabaco, “Sonoma Heritage Vines,” Sonoma County ($18) – Medium-dark to dark purplish ruby; attractive, deep, briary, blackberry fruit aroma with some smoky notes and a hint of cracked pepper; full body; rich, plush, briary, toasty, mouth-filling, dark berry fruit flavors with hints of roasted coffee and chocolate; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended. 14.9% alcohol; 29,000 cases; blended with 3% PS; released February 2013. (Group Score: 15.8, 2/0/2; My Score: 16.5 [89/100], fourth place) (CGV)

Winery Notes:
Winemaking Notes:
Our Zinfandel grapes were destemmed, but not crushed. This technique minimized the extraction of harsh, bitter tannins from grape skins and seeds, resulting in concentrated, fresh raspberry flavors in the finished wine. To enhance color and flavor, the grapes were cold soaked for one day at 60°F, followed by four to six days of fermentation at a maximum temperature of 88°F. Five to seven days of skin contact contributed to a deep ruby color that visually hints at the ripe fruit flavors of the wine. After primary fermentation was complete, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation to soften the acids and tannins. The wine was aged on its lees to enhance the mouthfeel and then was filtered prior to bottling.