2010 Seghesio "Home Ranch" Alexander Valley Zinfandel
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.
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.
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.