Original
23 Ratings
Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel Sonoma County

Wine Details

Varietal

Zinfandel

Style

Red

Winemaker's Notes

(From 1998 Vintage) 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 ...

Expert Reviews
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    Although a bit unassuming and low in drive, this wine's aromas still manage to convey a reasonable sense of varietal fruit. On the palate, however, the wine never gets going and comes up somewhat heavy and blunt with only a minimal bit of background fruit.