2010 Seghesio "Home Ranch" Alexander Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1094812 92 points Wine Spectator

 A powerful wine, both ripe and densely structured. Aromas of black cherry and spicy loam lead to concentrated blackberry, licorice and toasty oak flavors that finish with firm, crisp tannins. Best from 2014 through 2018.  (12/2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The clear highlight among these new releases from Seghesio, the 2010 Zinfandel Home Ranch wraps around the palate with plums, black cherries, mocha, chocolate and cloves. Rich, dark and sumptuous, the 2010 Home Ranch stands out for its depth and pure richness, while varietal notes take more of a back seat. Still, there is a lot to like in this mid-weight, polished Zinfandel. The 2010 is 93% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah and 2% Carignane. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.  (4/2013)

K&L Notes

San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Wines of 2012: "From the Seghesio family's original old plot, dating to 1895, this is a polished interpretation of gorgeous Sonoma fruit. Heady with violets and sweet wood, brambly berry fruit and a tobacco-like smoke note, it's suave and seamless Zinfandel, as grown up as it gets." Sometimes you need look no further than your own backyard to find the best. That statement rang especially true for Edoardo Seghesio, who recognized the potential for grape-growing in the land surrounding his modest home. And in 1895 he took advantage of it, planting what today is known as the Home Ranch Vineyard. From those vines, which endured the coolest vintage in 40 years in 2010, comes this briary Zin. It has the raspberry and blackberry fruit character that the Alexander Valley is known for, plus a hint of graham cracker crust, which has become a signature of the Home Ranch terroir. The wine is accented by vanilla spice and has soft, supple tannins and acidity that make this easy to drink, especially with homemade gourmet burgers piled with goodies like Maytag blue cheese, avocado and thick-cut, smoky bacon.

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gew├╝rztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.