Wine Blogging Wednesday #47 is hosted by Erin and Michelle from Grape Juice and is the loosest of restrictions I have seen since I have been participating in the WBW phenomenon. WBW #47 – Today’s Wine Brought to you by the Letter S gives us the only stipulation that some part of the wine must revolve around the letter S. Lucky for me, since I completely forgot about this WBW, I am in the wine club for Seghesio which of course starts with the letter S.
I made my way down to the “cellar” and picked out the 2006 Home Ranch Zin to go with our homemade veggie pizza and provide me a topic for the letter S. The 2006 H.R.Z. comes from vineyards originally planted in 1895 that surround the site of the first home of Edoardo and Angela Seghesio. Harvested at a 26.2 brix, the wines are aged for 11 mos. In 50% French and 50% American Oak, 33% of which is new after going through a 10 day maceration.
Here is what I thought of it:
Color – purple to light magenta
Nose – Fig, leather, black berry, sweet cedar, spiced meat
Tasting – Black cherry, raspberry, mint, basil, chocolate
Mouthfeel – medium body, very dry with leathery tannins and vibrant juicy acidity, smooth and round across the mid palate
Finish – long and leathery with raspberry topped pound cake flavors
I am always a huge fan of Seghesio Zin and the ’06 Home Ranch didn’t disappoint. The 15.7% alcohol wasn’t evident as it was well integrated with the fruit, acidity and firm tannins that were present in each sip. The luscious ripe fruit was not super jammy and over the top and that combined with the woody, meaty flavors really compounded for a complex layered Zin. At $36 (before club discount) it is in the range of the other Dry Creek heavy hitters and definitely brings the thunder for the price, with lots of layers, delicious fruit and herby goodness.
Check it out, and give your salute to the letter S.