Seghesio - One of the biggest names in Zinfandel and a perennial favorite among wine writers. I have to admit to being a little underwhelmed by their fine but rarely moving Dry Creek Valley Zin, though at the production level it’s a very good wine. The real gems here are the single vineyard wines which are quintessentially Zinfandel, full of bright fruit, slightly chewy textures, well structured and energetic in the mouth.
Creamy cherry fruit is joined by a nice spicy note on the nose offering just a hint of wood and a little blueberry. Full and fruity in the mouth delivering clear black berry fruit with soft tannins though this turns a touch bitter and extracted on the backend, then a little creamy on the raw, modest finish. Perhaps a bit young. Might improve. 87pts
Blueberry, This is clear and mineral on the nose, chalky earthy, and balsamic with wild berry and blueberry aromas. On the palate this is relatively light and elegant with fresh, gorgeous red currant, sour cherry and blueberry flavors. It’s a gorgeous wine, lively and bright with a fine inherent spice note leading to a clear, long pure fruit finish. So transparent and detailed for a wine this size. 94pts
Tight on the nose, and earthy with crushed blackberry fruit, a hint of wood spice, juniper and tobacco nuances. A bit loose in the mouth with some woody tannins well buffered by nice richness of blackberry fruit that is almost jammy in the mouth. With nice acid and light mineral and woodsy spice on the moderately long slightly sweet styled finish, this is pretty classic Zin but it lacks a bit of energy, though it is tight so that may come with some time in bottle. 90pts
Smoky and dark on the nose with aromas of dried meat, juniper, coffee and spice over a tight black currant and blackberry base notes. On entry this is elegant and lively with brushy little tannins. Quite clear on the palate but muscular with a deep earthy mineral vein that cuts through lovely fresh raspberry and currant fruit. Very soil driven and a bit. rusty on the palate this has a lovely tannin structure, slightly dusty and long along with relatively high acid that keeps this fresh, taut and lively and particularly clear on the long finish where the fruit picks up a touch of blueberry. Nuanced, complex and powerful in a lean, focused way. 94pts
Oily and deep on the nose which is filled with jammy wild blackberry and black currant fruit, along with hints of charcoal and poppy seeds. This is very black fruited and shows more oak on the nose than the single vineyards. Soft and rich and very black fruited yet bright on the palate with lots of black raspberry fruit that’s a little chewy and old viney. Lots of soft tannins lend this a creamy, plush texture, though some bright acids enliven the long, pure, fruit driven finish. 91pts
Soft cafe au lait oak nose, features a hint of caramel and smoke layered over dark plummy, chocolate tinged fruit. The nose here is just a hint porty and pruny. Soft, broad and old viney in the mouth with nice clarity to the fresh blackberry black raspberry fruit. This picks up a savory, vegetal note on the mid-palate that gets covered with clear and creamy fruit on the long finish. This is a bit dense and chewy in the mouth with very ripe tannins offering some support. 91pts