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

2015 Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel

2015 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. While 2015 will be remembered as a year of drought, old Zinfandel vines, with their deep roots, not only thrive in dry conditions but produce better quality fruit. Small berries make for a high skin-to-juice ratio, deep color and concentrated flavors. Following the traditions of earlier California wine growers, Seghesio blends in 9% 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
2013 Seghesio

2013 Seghesio "Old Vine" Zinfandel

Seghesio’s Old Vine Zinfandel is a blend of fruit from 90 year old vines growing in several of their best vineyards. Unlike many of its neighbors, Seghesio resisted replanting the old vineyards and still farms plenty of blocks planted in the early 20th century. 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. Conditions in 2013 were so optimal that the Zin showed a particularly excellent balance of acidity, sugar, tannin structure and flavor. By combining the spicy, rich black fruit flavors of the Alexander Valley with the raspberry-toned, more structured character of the cooler Dry Creek Valley this wine is an excellent example of Sonoma Zinfandel.

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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
2012 Seghesio Home Ranch Zinfandel

2012 Seghesio Home Ranch Zinfandel

When Eduardo Segehsio got married in 1895, the first thing he did was buy a house and plant a vineyard. The Home Ranch Zinfandel is made from that vineyard, in which about one-third of the original vines still exist and continue to produce outstanding fruit. With less fog, the Alexander Valley is significantly warmer than the Dry Creek Valley. The climate together with the poor quality, clay and rocky soils form a terroir in which the ancient vines produce grapes with an incredible concentration of black fruit flavors, rich texture and pleasing weight. Eduardo also planted a small amount of Petite Sirah and Carignane in amongst his Zinfandel vines. The “field blend” was one way the early winemakers created a more balanced wine, and Seghesio continues to follow this approach. 2012 was an excellent vintage in which moderate temperatures throughout the growing season blessed the fruit with “hangtime” in the autumn. This wine pairs well with tomato-based pastas and salty cheeses, like Bleu, Pecorino and Feta. 

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¥ 8,800