May 5, 2019 - Regrettably a disappointment with very muted dark red fruit, an abundance or licorice and non-existent finish. Hoping it was just a bad bottle, or perhaps the suspect '11 vintage, since Home Ranch is normally stellar. Bummed....
January 27, 2019 - Full and fruity. A dark rich zin. A delightful way to end the weekend.
December 16, 2018 - I again rate this wine much higher than the average. It has an excellent balance of fruit tannin and taste. The taste lingers nicely. Did a side by side with Seghesio Old Vine 2011. Gave the Home Ranch higher marks. I think this would very good for several years. Unfortunately this was my last 2011 - will compare to 2012 next.
October 15, 2018 - Seemed to show the slightest bit of browning, but it doesn’t taste old, it’s probably at peak. Mature notes of piney leafy forest floor, but the cherry aromas are bright and powerful. Nice licorice and cigar box spices on the finish. Excellent for the vintage.
October 30, 2017 - Musty with sunken cork.
July 20, 2017 - Did a bottle of the 2011 Cortina in the afternoon with friends and the 2011 Home Ranch in the evening with a little Cortina for side by side. Cortina was very pleasant, good balance, but too fruity on the front end. Loved the Home Ranch less fruity, strong flavor more earth less cherry. Gave Cortina 90 and Home Ranch 93
June 12, 2017 - Spicy and delicious. At its peak. Do not keep any more.
April 16, 2017 - Dark purple hue. Blueberry nose, touch of white pepper, spice. Dark fruit, soft oak, white pepper on the palate. Full bodied, long finish. Drinking perfectly. Paired excellently with Chinese food.
April 12, 2017 - My last 2 bottles were corked.
March 26, 2017 - Rich nose of warm apple, raspberry, bramble and pie spice.
Solidly structured palate of brambles, berries and fresh berry jam. This is a great wine with years ahead. As good as zin gets.