Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Cortina 2006
Edoardo Seghesio emigrated to America in 1886 from Piemonte in Italy. Since the early 1900s, the family purchased fruit from growers in Dry Creek Valley, and, recognizing the area’s great potential for Zinfandel, in 1957 they acquired 56 acres in the heart of the Valley. It is the dominant soil type of their vineyard, a gravelly loam, that contributes to Dry Creek Valley’s current reputation as one of the finest places in the world to grow Zinfandel. Cortina 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 with toasty sweet new oak integration. Bright acidity lays the foundation for the wine’s richness and structure. Good tannin structure is elegantly balanced by ripeness and high acidity.
Wanted to like this wine at first. Nice bright red fruit in the nose with a touch of smoke and spice. Was very big, lots of spice and good acid but too much heat ... 15.2 in alcohol.
The Seghesio Cortina Zins have always struck me as fairly tough-textured early in life, but the '06 has softened nicely at age 4 (tasted July 2010). Beautifully balanced mix of deep red and black fruit (especially blackberry and blueberry), acid, oak, spice. Full-bodied, mouth-filling, and long, yet totally in control and focused. As with virtually all the Seghesio Zinfandels, this one is muscular and completely satisfying on the testosterone front, but also restrained enough to be good with food or cheese without dominating.
This another wine that I like very much, but it's difficult to find in the Atlanta, GA area.
Best entry level for a quality Zin. Seghesio's Zins only get better as you move up. All, and I mean all, others go down from here.