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2013 Estate 1856 Zinfandel "Tzabaco Rancho Vineyards"

Winery: Estate 1856

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Tzabaco Rancho Vineyards"

Wine Category: Zinfandel

Grape blend: 100% Zinfandel

Region: Sonoma County

State or country: CA

Price: $32

Cases produced: 55

KWG Score: 91 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: July 13, 2016

Wine Review: This opaque and midnight violet colored Zinfandel from Sonoma is impressive. It opens with a blackberry and oak like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, rich, smooth and nicely concentrated. The flavor profile is an extracted blackberry with notes of black raspberry and oak. I also detected hints of cherry-cola and a touch of minerality in the background. The finish is dry and its flavors and moderate tannins stick around for a very long time. This Zin is for fans of bigger wines. Those readers who pick up some of this wine are going to love it. Not much was made, but it is a steal at $32. I would serve this big Zin with Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese and stone wheat thins. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Vintage 2013 provided ideal conditions in the vineyard, and our inaugural Zinfandel expresses the elegance of the fruit from this vintage. Pepper-laced black raspberry aromas are swirled with rich oak notes. A silky smooth entry showcases deliciously ripe blackberry and dark cherry flavors woven with creamy cocoa. White and black pepper spice up the texture and lend balance to the luscious fruit. The fruit-driven core and integrated oak and tannins create a sophisticated Zin with finesse and grace. If opened before 2017, consider decanting to allow the wine to open and convey the depth of its beauty.

Organic status: not organic

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