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Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Rockpile Area 2016

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The Rockpile Appellation, contiguous to Dry Creek Valley, is defined by ridgetops with elevations ranging from 800 to 2,100 feet above sea level. The appellation’s size is limited by its rugged terrain. Specializing in hearty red varietals, Rockpile is a perfect site to showcase Sonoma County as the world’s premier location for Zinfandel. Steep, well-drained hillsides with shallow, rocky topsoil provide for less vigorous vines, smaller berries and intensely flavored Zinfandel. The soils are generally comprised of loam to clay loam with a red brown color due to the higher oxidation and are only 12 to 24 inches deep in the best of the viticultural locations. VINEYARDS: The grapes for our Rockpile Zinfandel come from Westphall Ranch and Mauritson Campground Vineyard in the Rockpile appellation. Seghesio is proud to work with the Glockner and Mauritson families, the two founding growers of the appellation. Similar to the Seghesio family, the Mauritsons have been farming in Sonoma County for five generations. VINTAGE: 2016 harvest began early and went by quickly. Although the summer was generally mild, spring’s dry warm weather accelerated vine development, ultimately producing smaller berries and concentrated flavors. Sustained warm weather coupled with depleted water reserves culminated with a furiously paced compact harvest that was completed before the end of September, producing a vintage of exceptional quality. WINEMAKING: Multiple harvest dates from a single vineyard allows us to layer flavors based on differing maturity levels in the fruit. The grapes were fermented in small, open-top containers with punch-down maceration by hand for 9 days. All wines completed primary fermentation and underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel. The wines were assembled after 12 months of aging and returned to barrel for 1 month to coalesce. SIP & SAVOR: Aromas of currant, cassis and spice box give way to a palate of freshly picked ripe cherry and hints of earth. Fine tannins, an elegant mouthfeel and focused acidity lead to a long finish, creating a delightful wine to pair with cured meats, duck confit, and roasted pork loin, as well as cream-based pastas and semisoft cheeses. AGING: 14 months in 15% new French oak, 85% neutral French and American oak ALCOHOL: 15.5%

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Seghesio Family Vineyards:
  The Seghesio Family Vineyards have a rich history, dating back to 1895 when Edoardo Seghesio and his wife Angela purchased their home in Alexander Valley, part of Sonoma County. They didn’t buy the land for the house - they bought it for the 56 acres that were ideal vineyard land. That year, the land’s first grapes were planted - Zinfandel. In 1902, Seghesio Winery was... Read more
  The Seghesio Family Vineyards have a rich history, dating back to 1895 when Edoardo Seghesio and his wife Angela purchased their home in Alexander Valley, part of Sonoma County. They didn’t buy the land for the house - they bought it for the 56 acres that were ideal vineyard land. That year, the land’s first grapes were planted - Zinfandel. In 1902, Seghesio Winery was founded, but the Seghesios didn’t stop there. In 1910 they acquired even more land, in the region known as Chianti, California. On that land, they planed Sangiovese, Canielao Nero, Trebbiano and Malvasia, making the it the oldest planting of Sangiovese in North America. Six months before Prohibition, Seghesio took a gamble and made a significant purchase - a 4,000,000 gallon capacity winery with 1,100 acres of vineyards from his former employer, Italian Swiss Colony. Unfortunately, Prohibition hit harder than Seghesio expected, and he was forced to completely sell off his shares in the winery by 1933. In 1983, the company changed drastically, when Ted and Peter Seghesio decided to shift the winery’s focus to high-quality production and much smaller lots, producing wine under the Seghesio label for the first time. Ted became the both the winemaker and the deliverer of wine, and with the help of Peter, a successful distribution network was formed. After tending to over 400 acres of vineyards across many regions, Seghesio Family Vineyards has become a large, successful vineyard with fourth generation winemakers. Read less

External Reviews for Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Rockpile Area

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
09/26/2019

The Rockpile Appellation, contiguous to Dry Creek Valley, is defined by ridgetops with elevations ranging from 800 to 2,100 feet above sea level. The appellation’s size is limited by its rugged terrain. Specializing in hearty red varietals, Rockpile is a perfect site to showcase Sonoma County as the world’s premier location for Zinfandel. Steep, well-drained hillsides with shallow, rocky topsoil provide for less vigorous vines, smaller berries and intensely flavored Zinfandel. The soils are generally comprised of loam to clay loam with a red brown color due to the higher oxidation and are only 12 to 24 inches deep in the best of the viticultural locations. VINEYARDS: The grapes for our Rockpile Zinfandel come from Westphall Ranch and Mauritson Campground Vineyard in the Rockpile appellation. Seghesio is proud to work with the Glockner and Mauritson families, the two founding growers of the appellation. Similar to the Seghesio family, the Mauritsons have been farming in Sonoma County for five generations. VINTAGE: 2016 harvest began early and went by quickly. Although the summer was generally mild, spring’s dry warm weather accelerated vine development, ultimately producing smaller berries and concentrated flavors. Sustained warm weather coupled with depleted water reserves culminated with a furiously paced compact harvest that was completed before the end of September, producing a vintage of exceptional quality. WINEMAKING: Multiple harvest dates from a single vineyard allows us to layer flavors based on differing maturity levels in the fruit. The grapes were fermented in small, open-top containers with punch-down maceration by hand for 9 days. All wines completed primary fermentation and underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel. The wines were assembled after 12 months of aging and returned to barrel for 1 month to coalesce. SIP & SAVOR: Aromas of currant, cassis and spice box give way to a palate of freshly picked ripe cherry and hints of earth. Fine tannins, an elegant mouthfeel and focused acidity lead to a long finish, creating a delightful wine to pair with cured meats, duck confit, and roasted pork loin, as well as cream-based pastas and semisoft cheeses. AGING: 14 months in 15% new French oak, 85% neutral French and American oak ALCOHOL: 15.5%


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 08/23/2016

Vineyards: Fruit for our 2014 Rockpile Zinfandel comes from Westphall Ranch, Pritchett Peaks Vineyard and Mauritson Campground Vineyard in the Rockpile appellation. Seghesio is proud to work with the Glockner and Mauritson families, the two founding growers in the Rockpile appellation. Vintage: 2014 was one of the warmest growing seasons on record in Northern California. Rain in late-March paved the way for available water through budbreak and bloom, but sustained warm weather coupled with depleted water reserves culminated with a slightly early, furiously paced compact harvest that was completed before the end of September. Tasting Notes: Aromas of spice box, leather and black cherry Intense flavors of currant, casis and Zinfandel’s briary essence Focused acidity and an extremely long finish BARREL REGIMEN: Barrel-aged 12 months in 15% new French oak; neutral barrels were a mixture of French and American oak ALCOHOL: 14.8%



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