Thursday, July 26, 2012

Rabbit Ridge 2008 Barrel Cuvee Zinfandel, Central Coast

Rabbit Ridge Zinfandel

I picked up this 2008 Rabbit Ridge Zin for our July 4th celebration. As it turns out it was very hot and the crowd was more beer than wine that evening. The Rabbit went back into its hole until re-emerging for a get together with neighbors several days later.

Rabbit Ridge Winery takes its name from founder and winemaker Erich Russell, a world class runner in college. The winery began in Sonoma County in 1981. Russell’s commitment to producing high quality wines at affordable prices later led him to Paso Robles where he opened a state-of-the-art winery in 2003.

Barrel Cuvee is the Rabbit Ridge label for their everyday, approachable wine. Even so, it is made with some prime estate grown grapes. They have a reserve label and a Paso Robles label as well with higher prices, but I nabbed this bottle for about $10.

This packs a double rabbit punch of taste plus value. The nose of currant leads into the complementary taste, which is smoky with rich flavors of blackberry and currant. There is a complex ripple of pepper to add to the enjoyment.

Rabbit Ridge has hopped to the front of the QPR (Quality Price Ratio) race with their Barrel Cuvee Zin.

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Rating: 3.5 of 5  Value: 5 of 5

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