2012 Rancho Zabaco "Heritage Vines" Sonoma County Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A stunning wine made from Gallo’s holdings in Sonoma, Dry Creek and Lodi, this 2012 Zinfandel Heritage Vines (100% varietal) tips the scales at 15.26% alcohol. Displaying lots of pepper as well as full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal intensity, briery, berry fruit and a big, juicy, succulent mouthfeel and finish, this $15 Zinfandel offers a lot of wine and considerable flavor as well as authority. It is a sensational bargain.
**Good Value** Lightly smoky to start with reasonably well-defined fruit backing up its momentary smells of burnt wood, this gutsy young Zinfandel finds very solid varietal footing once in the mouth. It is a bit rough and rustic, and it is pushed clearly by ripeness, but it gamely hangs on to saving fruit, and a few years of smoothing are earnestly recommended even it is not priced like a wine that is meant for aging.
Recommended in the San Francisco Chronicle: "Score one for Gallo knowing what many Zin lovers want. This latest Zabaco is jammy, sure, but also chewy and bright, with birch-bark spice, cherry skin and a sweet blackberry finish." ("Sonoma Zinfandel shifts to its classic roots," 2/8/14)