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- robr - 07-11-2005 12:39 PM

Has anyone tried this yet? I just bought a bottle for $13.

Rob


- Kcwhippet - 07-11-2005 12:56 PM

If you search on Zabaco in this folder, you'll find numerous references going back to 1999.


- wondersofwine - 07-12-2005 11:48 AM

I like both the Rancho Zabaco Sonoma Heritage Zinfandel and the Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel (but not the Dancing Bull.)


- robr - 07-15-2005 03:38 PM

Well,

I just opened it. Wow! This is my first bottle of red zin. I LIKE it. It has a very fruit forward flavor, and a lot of alcohol (14.2%) which gives it a little more sizzle on the tongue than I am used to.

Is this what Port tastes like?

I saw another bottle of this, a 1999 today. I think I might have to go get it.


- wondersofwine - 07-21-2005 09:19 AM

No, it is what Zinfandel tastes like. Port is something different.
Glad you liked it.


- robr - 07-21-2005 12:00 PM

I just got a bottle of Sandeman Port, the type which is a blend of tawny and ruby. You're right, it's nothing like Zinfandel.

As good as it is, I still prefer a drier, less sugary wine.


- californiagirl - 07-21-2005 08:40 PM

Curious, what does the label of the Sandemans say? I'm not familiar w/ a tawny/ruby blend.


- robr - 07-22-2005 07:37 AM

FOUNDERS RESERVE

The reverse is the usual PR stuff, the history of the family business, and an admonition to "serve in large glasses to appreciate fully"

My wine advisor (the store manager/owner) told me it was a blend of the two, and a good introduction Port. He also recommended some vintage Ports to try if I like this one, some drier, some sweeter. I can't imagine anything sweeter than this, except drinking maple syrup.

[This message has been edited by robr (edited 07-22-2005).]


- Kcwhippet - 07-22-2005 08:45 AM

Actually the Founders Reserve is a ruby, not a blend with tawny in it. Don't know how your wine guy would think it's a blend of both types. It is blended from ruby ports from different years, though not much, if any, from declared years.


- robr - 07-22-2005 09:57 AM

That explains why it's so sweet, then, right? Isn't the ruby the sweeter one?