#12 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011
Our 2009 Home Ranch Zinfandel displays generous helpings of blackberry, raspberry and other brambly fruit characteristic of the warm Alexander Valley climate. Smelling these aromas heaped upon undertones of „graham crust? typical of our Home Ranch terroir paints a vivid picture of our Home Ranch Zinfandel vines at harvest time. On the palate, these components are threaded together seamlessly with subtle hints of oak, briary acidity and the soft, ripe fruit tannins that will come to embody the 2009 vintage. Could it be that we've finally found a way to bottle Ed Seghesio?s famed marionberry and vanilla ice cream dessert?!
"A Zinfandel that has it all—rich, ripe flavors, good structure and acidity, and lots of personality. Offers aromas of cherry pie and licorice that lead to complex flavors of huckleberry, toasty vanilla and smoky cracked pepper. Drink now through 2017."
"The 2009 Zinfandel Home Ranch emerges from the glass with sweet black cherries, licorice, spices, tar and leather. This is a decidedly plush Zinfandel built on deep layers of fruit to match its intense, muscular personality. Home Ranch is the original Seghesio vineyard first planted in 1895. "
Vinous / Antonio Galloni