Rancho Zabaco Dancing Bull Zinfandel 2004

Ranch Zabaco Dancing Bull ZinfandelPrice: $10
Maker: Rancho Zabaco Wines, Healdsburg, California
Variety: Zinfandel
Packaging: Bottle, natural cork
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10

We’ve seen Rancho Zabaco Dancing Bull Zinfandel on various restaurant wine lists (not usually at restaurants with extensive cellars), and finally bought a bottle of our own when we spotted it on sale for $9 at a local shop. This is a zin that will neither thrill nor disappoint. Its aroma is spicy, with some earthy notes. The flavor is pleasantly jammy. While the Dancing Bull zin doesn’t offer the fruit blast of some zins, the flavor features berry notes balanced with moderate tannins. The finish is fairly quick, with some lingering acidity. This Rancho Zabaco wine won’t transport you to zin heaven, but with a steak you’ll be satisfied by its robust flavor.

We liked the comment from the Colossus Blog: “But from a Zin, I expect, well, fruit, alcohol, and power. I expect to be beaten with flavor. The Dancing Bull didn’t exactly run me over and gore me. ” The Ranch Zabaco website doesn’t offer much information about the wine, but the bottle says it is “bright,zwsty, and bursting with flavors of black cherry and raspberry.”

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