Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Cortina 2006

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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.

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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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Member Reviews for Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Cortina

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Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
2.50 5
06/21/2009

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.


Snooth User: WineborkDotCom
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4.00 5
07/27/2010

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.


Snooth User: DickWeit
151468126
3.50 5
09/13/2009

This another wine that I like very much, but it's difficult to find in the Atlanta, GA area.


Snooth User: rwb5150
107405198
4.00 5
12/17/2008

Four glasses



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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.

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