Seghesio

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Gnarly, century-old Zinfandel vines in a head-pruned vineyard eek out but a few grapes every year, but their wines can be deep, rich, ethereal and sublime. Though California was once virtually blanketed in Zinfandel, most of these vineyards disappeared in the prohibition or to market forces. Lucky for us that Seghesio Family Vineyards of Sonoma County never lost their grand, ancient Zinfandel vineyards. Today, they produce a range of award-winning old-vine Zinfandels in both single vineyard bottlings and proprietary blends. In addition to Zinfandel, they also specialize in Italian varietals such as Sangiovese, Barbera, Fiano and Arneis.  The connection between the Seghesio Family and Sonoma County viticulture runs deep. Eduardo Seghesio arrived from Piedmont, Italy, in 1895 to become winemaker at Italian Swiss Colony. After getting married, he planted his own vineyard to the varietals he loved best: Zinfandel, Sangiovese and other hearty reds. Despite the prohibition, he held on to his family vineyards, which his wife, his children – and now his great-grandchildren – continued to farm after his death. In the 1960s and 1970s, Seghesio produced 50% of all red wine grapes in Sonoma County, most of which went into such ubiquitous jug wine brands as Krug and Almaden. In 1983, the family began bottling wine under their own label, and in the 1990s, Ted and Pete Seghesio refocused the operation toward premium wines made exclusively from estate vineyards, which required significant changes and investment in viticulture and wine production. Using their heritage to create value, Seghesio’s best wines are crafted from the old vines planted by the original family patriarch. 

Wines from this Winery

2016 Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel

2016 Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel

Seghesio’s extensive old-vine Zinfandel vineyards in the Alexander and Dry Creek valleys are a treasure. Planted anywhere from 25 - 120 years ago, they feature distinctive microclimates and soils and help preserve Sonoma’s viticultural heritage. Each year, special lots from these vineyards are set aside and blended into the Sonoma County bottling. Like the previous year, 2016 saw an early harvest following a warm and dry spring and summer. Vines produced bunches with small berries that made for a high skin-to-juice ratio as well as deep color and concentrated flavors. Following the traditions of earlier California wine growers, Seghesio blends in 12% Petite Sirah as well as a touch of Carignane and Syrah for additional complexity. This is a Zin that brims with bright brambly fruit, rich chocolate and spice flavors while remaining elegantly structured and balanced.

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¥ 4,900
2014 Seghesio Rockpile Zinfandel

2014 Seghesio Rockpile Zinfandel

Intersecting the northern corner of the Dry Creek Valley, the Rockpile AVA stands out for its unique terroir. A narrow ridge where vineyards are planted at elevations of 200 m - 650 m above sea level, Rockpile gets no maritime fog, yet frequent ocean breezes keep conditions cool and growing seasons long. Befitting the AVA’s name, the soils abound with shale and sandstone. Zinfandel is the king of this hill, accounting for 75% of the AVA’s production. Unlike the many heavy bruisers among California Zins, the Rockpile wines are distinctly elegant, combining intense structure and fresh acidity with the grape’s jammy ripe fruit. Sourced from three rugged vineyards, Seghesio’s 2014 Rockpile offers seductive dark and spicy aromas as well as bright flavors and an elegant structure. It should pair well with grilled meats and meaty pasta sauces. 

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¥ 7,100
2014 Seghesio

2014 Seghesio "Old Vine" Zinfandel

Sourced from head-pruned vineyards in the Dry Creek and Alexander valleys that are still tended by the same families who planted them, Seghesio’s Old Vine Zinfandel offers a taste of Sonoma County history. Averaging 70 years in age and with roots that penetrate deep into layers of earth and rock, each old gnarly vine in a dry-farmed and head-pruned vineyard produces just a few clusters of grapes. Yet this fruit offers intense briary and spicy flavors that young vines can never match. While the vines may be old, it’s the combination of spicy, rich black fruit with bright raspberry-toned flavors that give this young wine intensity and excitement now and for years to come. 

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¥ 7,100
2013 Seghesio Cortina Zinfandel

2013 Seghesio Cortina Zinfandel

Cortina Zinfandel comes from an old, head-pruned, dry-farmed vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley, named for the gravelly “cortina” soil that predominates. While summer afternoons bathe the vines in sunshine, the evenings and mornings bring cool fogs that drift in from the Russian River. The yields in this vineyard are low; the cool climate and gravelly soils produce Zinfandel with more acidity and more red raspberry and briary/brambly flavors than in Alexander Valley, where Zinfandel may veer toward the darker end of the flavor profile. 2013 saw a fabulous vintage in the Dry Creek Valley, and the fruit stood out for its dark color and intense flavors. The acidity and brambly flavors of this wine suggest a range of food pairings. How about flatbread pizza with pancetta, mushrooms and carmelized onions? Or Chinese steamed pork belly buns with Hoisin sauce? Or grilled steak fajitas! 

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¥ 7,100