California Zinfandel Rabbit Ridge Zinfandel 2006 from the Central Coast has the typical Rabbit Ridge jammy and spicy character with pronounced blackberry and raspberry overtones. It is big bodied with soft tannins and a round finish. This California central coast 2006 Zinfandel is best enjoyed with hardy and spicy dishes and at your spring and summertime barbeques. Rabbit Ridge wine makers added a judicious amount of Petite Sirah to the 2006 Zinfandel for more color and body. The wine was held on the skins for an extended period of time and then pressed into American and French Oak barrels where it stayed until May 2007, when it was bottled. As with all their wines, this Zinfandel has all natural acid, which produces much rounder and smoother wine than those produced with acid additions.
Rabbit Ridge winery has all their vineyards in Paso Robles. This area of limited water, shallow, rugged, rocky, calcareous soils will produce some of the finest wines in Paso Robles, and among the finest in California. It is common during the growing season for the temperature on the west side to drop from 90 degrees at 3:00 in the afternoon, to 65 degrees by 6:00 PM, and then to 40 degrees at night. They planted the vineyards precisely throughout the Paso Robles appellation to take advantage of the unique micro climates and soil characteristics that would best suit each grape variety. You can taste perfection in their boutique wines.
RATINGS: Bronze Medal - May 2008 - California Mid-State Fair Wine Competition
Gold Medal - April 2008 - Pacific Rim International Wine Competition
Silver Medal - March 2008 - Jerry Mead's New World International Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - January 2008 - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - August 2007 - Orange County Fair Commercial Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - July 2007 - Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition
Rabbit Ridge Zinfandel 2006 Information:
APPELLATION Paso Robles
HARVEST DATE 9/1/06 - 10/11/06
BRIX AT HARVEST 25.7