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Seghesio Family Vineyards Arneis Russian River Valley 2008

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Arneis originates from the Piemonte region of Italy. Edoardo Seghesio, founder of Seghesio, emigrated from that same region in 1886. This rare grape's literal translation is "little rascal" due to its erratic ripening tendencies and temperamental nature during fermentation. For some time, Seghesio had the largest planting of Arneis in the United States - all of 26 vines. Today, they have 5,000 vines (8 acres) planted on their Keyhole Ranch vineyard. This wine has pear, melon and almond aromas on the nose with touches of anise and mineral notes. Medium bodied with a crisp lemony acidity on the palate and a lingering finish.

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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

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Snooth User: John Andrews
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3.00 5
06/21/2009

Nice wine ... floral and white peach aroma with a light taste with citrus and white fruit.


Snooth User: oceank8
557082,029
4.00 5
09/01/2009

Very refreshing without being sweet.



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Arneis originates from the Piemonte region of Italy. Edoardo Seghesio, founder of Seghesio, emigrated from that same region in 1886. This rare grape's literal translation is "little rascal" due to its erratic ripening tendencies and temperamental nature during fermentation. For some time, Seghesio had the largest planting of Arneis in the United States - all of 26 vines. Today, they have 5,000 vines (8 acres) planted on their Keyhole Ranch vineyard. This wine has pear, melon and almond aromas on the nose with touches of anise and mineral notes. Medium bodied with a crisp lemony acidity on the palate and a lingering finish.

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