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Seghesio Family Vineyards Barbera Alexander Valley 2006

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Edoardo Seghesio first worked with Sangiovese in the late 1800s during his time as winemaker at an Italian Swiss colony. His Sangiovese plantings on the Home Ranch vineyard are the oldest in America, dating back to 1910. They are also the source of four unique clones for Seghesio’s subsequent plantings of the varietal. Although Sangiovese typically grows vigorously, the low yielding, shallow soils of the Home Ranch Vineyard, combined with the small berries of the four clones used, result in wines of intense varietal character. This Barbera has aromas and flavours of dark fruit, including black cherry, raspberry and black plum There are notes of lavender, sage and anise, with a mid-palate rush of fruit and spice. For a Barbera this vintage has a velvety richness, while the acidity and Tannins complement and add fullness. The French Oak seasoning provides vanilla, clove and cinnamon essences.

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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

Member Reviews for Seghesio Family Vineyards Barbera Alexander Valley

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Snooth User: cwallstar
8913610
4.50 5
05/14/2009

If you like Zinfandels this is the best one from a company that specializes in zinfandels. I just went to their wine tasting where the CEO presented five of his zinfandels to us and this was my favorite.


Snooth User: rwb5150
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4.50 5
12/17/2008

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Seghesio Family Vineyards Barbera Alexander Valley

External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
07/08/2009

Edoardo Seghesio immigrated to America in 1886 from the Piedmonte region of Italy, home to Barbera. In California, while Barbera has been grown for over a century, it has only recently enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. Barbera is ideally suited to California's growing conditions. The heat and lack of rain provide intense flavors and extended hang time for Barbera's classic acidity to achieve balance.


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
07/25/2009

Bright, full ruby. Superripe aromas of black cherry, blueberry and bitter chocolate. Rich, deep and rather powerful (14.5% alcohol), with superb sweetness to its strong fruit. A major mouthful of sweet, ripe barbera but with enough acidity to give life to its lush texture.



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Edoardo Seghesio first worked with Sangiovese in the late 1800s during his time as winemaker at an Italian Swiss colony. His Sangiovese plantings on the Home Ranch vineyard are the oldest in America, dating back to 1910. They are also the source of four unique clones for Seghesio’s subsequent plantings of the varietal. Although Sangiovese typically grows vigorously, the low yielding, shallow soils of the Home Ranch Vineyard, combined with the small berries of the four clones used, result in wines of intense varietal character. This Barbera has aromas and flavours of dark fruit, including black cherry, raspberry and black plum There are notes of lavender, sage and anise, with a mid-palate rush of fruit and spice. For a Barbera this vintage has a velvety richness, while the acidity and Tannins complement and add fullness. The French Oak seasoning provides vanilla, clove and cinnamon essences.

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