Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Cortina 2011
90 points and 'Good Value,' Connoisseurs' Guide: By every report and what we have seen in early tastings, 2011 is an uneven vintage, especially as far as red wines are concerned. This extremely well-made working proves that, as always, very good wines await those willing to search, and it hits the varietal mark smartly. It is precise in its focus on ripe berries and briary spice, and it is particularly well-balanced with fine energy and a long, very firm finish. It is still on the tight side and we would argue against hasty drinking, but it is an easy-odds bet to grow and improve for another three to five years. (Jan 2013)
External Reviews for Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Cortina
2005 Cortina Zinfandel exemplifies a special place with briery, spicy white pepper typicity and minerally, loamy soil undertones. Deeply hued and elegantly concentrated with fine dusty tannins. Flavors of black raspberries and ripe black currants
Cortina is Seghesio's dry-farmed low-vigor vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley. Planted in 1942, every year it turns out remarkable Zinfandel at yields of only 1.5 tons per acre. This 2011 is 100% Zinfandel aged 14 months in 75% French oak (25% new) and 25% American oak barrels. Wine & Spirits and Wine Enthusiast Magazine both scored it 90 points. WE said "Sourced from two low-yielding vineyards in Dry Creek Valley, this Zin is heady and delicious with flavors of wild cherry, red currant, cola, thyme, white pepper and sandalwood. There’s a glyerine feel from high alcohol, but the palate is balanced with acidity and a dry finish. This just might be the best barbecue wine of the vintage."