Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Cortina 2009
Our family roots are firmly planted in Zinfandel, as our great-grandfather, Edoardo Seghesio, first planted this historic varietal on our Alexander Valley Home Ranch in 1895. Today, we share his passion as we farm over 300 acres of estate Zinfandel in Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys. This wine combines sites that have produced Zinfandel for over a century with newer sites that utilize proprietary clones and the most advanced viticultural practices.
The nose showed crushed red and blue berries with holiday spices and a sheen of vanilla. On the palate, it was rich and plush with sweet cinnamon spice and sweet blackberry jam. The finish was long with brambly fruits, but ultimately, this wine tasted more like a dessert than Zinfandel. I'm sure there are many that will fully enjoy this style but it is far too overwhelming for my tastes.
Opaque dark plum hue, aromas of bramble and black stone fruits, lively flavor notes of black raspberry, blackberry, and black cherry with a kiss of spice, dry earth and vanilla over a moderately long finish that finishes slightly hot. Nice balance.
I love this Zin even my friend who usually doesn't like Zins loved this one. A great buy!
Nose of sage, white pepper and cedar over dark black and purple fruits. Briary berries, plum and blackberry. Nicely balanced zin on the palate, with good ratio of acid to tannin to fruit. Tasty dark berry and plum fruit intermingled with nice spice and pepper notes. Nicely structured. Finishes on an almost blueberry tart note. Not too jammy or spicy or alcoholic on the palate, so just the way I like my zins!
More white than black pepper, but both are present. Bramble fruit and some sage. Exuberant palate with wild berry, dried currant, licorice and light cocoa with dusty spice flavors. Dry. Elegantly structured. It's rich, ripe and juicy with underlying pepper in good balance. Nicely layered zin! 6/9/12
So good. Cherry and cracked pepper. Perfectly balanced on the palate.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Cortina
Century-old Seghesio hit its stride in the 1990s when it reinvented itself to focus on Zinfandel. Ted Seghesio now makes five Zinfandel bottlings each year that routinely impress. This is the winery's best value, a blend of grapes from six different estate-owned or estate-farmed vineyards.
This is like a gangly teenager, young and a bit inelegant but charming. Shows robust black cherry and spice aromas and blackberry jam and licorice flavors. The tannins firm up the finish. Drink now through 2012.
This seductive and vigorous zinfandel offers smoky black cherry and blueberry aromas that lead to youthful wild berry, sage and cracked pepper flavors, with a lingering finish and zesty tannins. Drink now through 2012.
Jam-packed with ripe cherry and boysenberry fruit that's backed up with juicy, zesty flavors and notes of spice, star anise and toasty oak. Has a backbone of ripe tannins. Drink now through 2010.
The finest value here is the 2004 Zinfandel Sonoma (a 60,000-case blend of 90% Zinfandel and 10% Petite Sirah). A classic Zin, it offers a dark ruby/purple color along with raspberry and cherry fruit intermixed with notes of pepper, herbs, and earth. Tangy acidity, medium body, and good varietal character make for a delicious wine that will undoubtedly be discounted to around $16. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.
Tight, with earth, roasted plum and wild berry fruit that's dense and concentrated, with plenty of tannins, but those tannins give this wine fine structure, finishing with an earthy mix of berry and mineral. Drink now through 2009.
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, it's a complex, seductive, pepper-and berry-laced Zinfandel with a supple texture and a spicy finish.
Food Pairings for Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Cortina
* Wild berry patch aromas and scents of freshly baked bread * Desired varietal markers of raspberries, blackberries and Zin’s briary spiciness reflect the excellent 2009 vintage * Zin’s ever-present acidity enhances the finish and fine, dusty tannins add complexity, mouthfeel and structure * Layered nuances of flavor with cracked pepper, tilled soil and a hint of creamy oak * Characteristic synergy of components – balanced and elegantly structured
Dietary Information: Vegan, Certified Sustainable
Aged 10 months in American Oak.
Aged 10 months in French Oak.
Notes: Barrel-aged 10 months in 75% American oak (20% new) and 25% French oak
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