Evidently, Dancing Bull started out with Zin. Released under the Rancho Zabaco label, Robert Parker tagged it as a best buy in Zinfandel that year – 2002. Given my experience with their 2013 California Zin, that doesn’t surprise me at all.
Notes: This California Zin was a deep ruby color with scents of musty earth, pine, and dark, ripe berries in the bouquet. Acidity was good, tannins were moderate, and alcohol was at 13.9% on this medium-bodied selection. I thought this was pretty darned tasty. It had intensity of flavor yet still seemed to be somewhat restrained. An oxymoron? Maybe I am. A paradox? Couldn’t say. What I can say is that as I sipped this Dancing Bull, I found vanilla, dark currant, oak, and spice notes on the palate. I don’t think this is a good candidate for long cellaring, so drink up!