Rancho Zabaco Sonoma Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2005 Wine Review (NW)
Wild berries and spice on the nose
Heavy, plush texture on the palate
Finish a bit hot, with lingering boysenberry, cinnamon, and chocolate notes
I've enjoyed the 2004 and 2005 Zinfandels from California. I must admit, though, I need to be in the mood. These are typically rich, spicy wines with high alcohol content. Although not all producers follow this template, the ripe grapes that have been harvested lately can producer some big, big wines.
One complaint I hear is that Zinfandel can overpower food. I paired this with a hearty Lebanese dish, but I often drink Zinfandel after dinner in front of a movie.
This wine is a little bit hot with alcohol intensity, but it has a lot of good flavor. I paid $14 for the bottle, which seems pretty typical. Raise a glass!