Dancing Bull Zinfandel 2013

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.

Vineyard: Dancing Bull
Varietal: Zinfandel
Vintage: 2013
Appellation: California
Price: $10.99

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!

Dancing Bull Cabernet 2010

You know the old adage: don’t judge a book by it’s cover.  Well, here was a bit of a surprise for me.

Vineyard: Dancing Bull
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage: 2010
Appellation: California
Price: $12

Notes: I like a good cab – especially when it’s cold outside.  Maybe that’s because I enjoy pairing a hearty cabernet sauvignon with the comfort foods I so often crave in the midst of winter.  But don’t make assumptions about this wine based on it’s label.  This is no stereotypical heavy, muscular cab.  Instead, in this offering from Dancing Bull wines I found a very pleasant medium-bodied red wine with loads of plum and dark cherry fruit on the tongue.  For me, it also provided plenty of oak and warm spice hints with very light tannins which give it a quick finish.  If you’re looking for a red to drink now rather than to hold and cellar, this one is definitely a “drink now” selection in my book.

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