Rancho Zabaco Reserve Dry Creek 2008 Zinfandel, $15.99-$21.00, 78 points*, (has not held-up under the conditions most of my wines are kept, which is in a dark cellar that averages approximately 65 degrees-NOT ideal, but not extreme either, and that many other red wines have faired better for longer in these same coditions, attest to something!)
The color of red/brown point to age, and though there is still a clear rim, the aroma of black licorice and hints of shoe polish are carried onto the textually smooth palate with poor acidity and almost unnoticeable tannin, all of which point to the tell-tale signs of age
Even the finish with its 15.5% alcohol is weak.
The cork was fine, no leakage, ullage, and not protruding.
To be fair, I hope to purchase a current release as soon as possible to compare.
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