When you see the label on the Dancing Bull Merlot you might think that the design looks similar to that found on Rancho Zabaco Zinfandels. Well, it is… and the two are related. Rancho Zabaco, part of the E&J Gallo portfolio, has been around since 1996 and has developed a good reputation for Zinfandel over the years. They also produce Sauvignon Blanc, but they are best known for their Zinfandel, of which they have a few different offerings.
The Zinfandel under the Rancho Zabaco label comes from the Sonoma County region, but starting with the 2000 vintage, winemaker Eric Cinnamon started experimenting with a Zinfandel made with grapes from other parts of California. The new wine was released under the Dancing Bull sub-brand, which has a lower price than other Rancho Zabaco wines. Now, to transition from Zinfandel to the topic of the day: Merlot. In 2006, Dancing Bull added a few additional varieties to the brand, including Merlot.
If you’re a fan of jammy Merlot, this is a good pick for you. It’s fairly simple but pleasant on the nose, with jammy blackberry, plum and a dash of leather. The palate is big, fruity and well rounded with lots of boysenberry and plum. The mid-palate brings a quick hit of raspberry. The finish is relatively short. It’s not elegant or extravagant but is a simple, tasty Merlot.
Wine: Dancing Bull
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