Seghesio Old Vine Zin Sonoma County 2008
Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel blends the finest lots from vineyards planted between 1920 and 1950 on the benchlands of the Dry Creek and western Alexander valleys. Although “Old Vine” is often loosely interpreted in the wine industry, our benchmark is 50 years. True Old Vine Zin is distinguished by dry-farmed, thick, gnarled trunks and is planted with historic clones dating back to the years before Prohibition. In each of these old blocks, vines of Carignane and/or Petite Sirah are interplanted, as was typical of the era.
This wine has most of the same characteristics of the 2007 but perhaps not quite as balanced on the finish. I really enjoy it. This weekend we did a side by side with the 2007 home ranch, the 2006 old vine, and the 2008 sonoma and the '08 sonoma was the popular choice.
I prefer the 2007 but this is still a very solid effort. Tasted at Geneva wine tasting 4/18/2010.
Crisp fruity nose. Starts out a bit tight but opens into a bright red berry, fruit driven zin with nice balance of wood and pepper notes. - Tasted at Schreiner's Winers zin tasting 9/18/10
decent value-priced zin
so this past weekend i had for the first time the 08 zin from seghsio. all i expected from the other good seghesio zins ive had from 03 thru 08, its a very good zin with berry and consistantcy thru the pallet, nice finish. i will like it better in about 6+ months. may it be very zin good year. newyorkwineguy
While this is a much better than average zinfandel, it's not nearly as good as the 2007 vintage. A little too much acidity, and not as balanced as the '07.
External Reviews for Seghesio Old Vine Zin Sonoma County
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 3andndash;4 years.
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.
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 2-3 years. Bravo!
A full, rich zin with sleek raspberry flavors that last, this is finely structured around meaty tannins and lighter, floral scents. Built for sopressata.
"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
Bold aromas of briary wild berry and cracked pepper lead to plush and layered black raspberry, toasty sage and espresso flavors that finish with zesty tannins. Drink now through 2016.
Briary and zesty, with dried sage and wild berry aromas and tightly would cracked pepper, dried cherry and licorice flavors that finish with slightly rustic tannins. Best from 2011 through 2014.
Food Pairings for Seghesio Old Vine Zin Sonoma County
* Deeply perfumed aromas of ripe cherries, raspberries and Old Vine Zin’s intrinsic briary spiciness. * Boysenberry pie and red plums comingle for juicy mid-palate synthesis. * Old Vine Zin’s complex spice undertones are highlighted with this warm vintage. * Low yields in the vineyard preserved the vibrant natural acidity, adding length. * A hint of French oak seasoning adds dimension to this concentrated, opulent and well-balanced wine.
Dietary Information: Certified Sustainable
Notes: Barrel-aged 15 months in 95% French oak (20% new barrels) and 5% American oak.