Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Cortina 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

Since the early 1900s, our family has purchased fruit from growers in Dry Creek Valley and recognized the area’s great potential for Zinfandel. In 1957, we purchased 56 acres in the heart of the valley in our quest to locate and share uncommon ground. Cortina, the dominant soil type of this area, is a gravelly loam that contributes to Dry Creek Valley’s reputation as one of the finest places in the world to grow Zinfandel.

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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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External Reviews for Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Cortina

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The lusty 2009 Zinfandel offers elegant berry fruit, lots of peppery spice, medium to full-bodied flavors and impressive purity as well as richness. It should drink well for 2ndash;3 years. Bravo!


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 2008 Zinfandel Sonoma offers up copious amounts of blue, red, and black fruits as well as excellent purity, medium to full body, a supple texture, and enough acidity to provide vibrancy. It is a pure, elegant, substantial Zinfandel to drink over the next 3ndash;4 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
11/18/2011

Deftly balanced, with ripe, rich, earthy wild berry, blackberry, anise and cedar flavors enlivened by firm acidity and supported by chewy tannins. Finishes with a long, complex aftertaste. Drink now through 2007.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
11/18/2011

A tasty wine to begin drinking in a year. Extremely concentrated and rich, with good depth of plum, herb and oak flavors, a supple, chewy texture and a sweet, fruity finish.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
11/18/2011

Lush, complex and concentrated, with lots of appealing wild berry, blackberry, earth, sage and spicy flavors, finishing with a firm wall of tannins. Best from 2000 through 2005.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The Seghesio family has been making wine for a century in northern Sonoma County and farms more than 400 acres of Zinfandel in Alexander and Dry Creek valleys. they make a range of vineyard-designated Zinfandels, such as Home Ranch and Cortina, and a bottling from the oldest vines. But for this Sonoma County 2007, winemaker Ted Seghesio tapped his diverse grape sources for a more widely available, well-priced wine. Aged 11 months in 75 percent American oak, itrsquo;s a complex, seductive, pepper-and berry-laced Zinfandel with a supple texture and a spicy finish.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
11/18/2011

My value pick (also the largest in availability) is the 2000 Zinfandel Sonoma Valley. Dark ruby-colored, with a briery, earthy nose displaying a hint of pepper, this medium-bodied Zin exhibits a superficial, up-front charm, but is compressed and angular in the finish. Drink it over the next several years.


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Tasting Notes:

The 2008 Cortina Zinfandel exhibits enticing aromas of dark cherries balanced with a savory component reminiscent of cracked pepper and toasted nuts. A strong impact in the mouth begins with a cool entry and develops into a warm, full mid-palate with soft tannins and balanced acidity lingering on the finish. 100% Zinfandel, the wine shows off its varietal personality elegantly and harkens back to its cooler-climate Dry Creek Valley upbringing. We can imagine enjoying this wine alongside juicy, braised meats and roasted winter root vegetables.

Since the early 1900s, our family has purchased fruit from growers in Dry Creek Valley and recognized the area’s great potential for Zinfandel. In 1957, we purchased 56 acres in the heart of the valley in our quest to locate and share uncommon ground. Cortina, the dominant soil type of this area, is a gravelly loam that contributes to Dry Creek Valley’s reputation as one of the finest places in the world to grow Zinfandel.

Dietary Information: Certified Sustainable

Closure: Cork

Aged 15 months in French Oak.

Aged 15 months in American Oak.

Notes: Aged 15 months in 75% French oak (25% new) and 25% American oak

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 15.4%

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