Seghesio Old Vine Zin Sonoma County 2008

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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.

Region: USA » California » Sonoma Valley

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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

Member Reviews for Seghesio Old Vine Zin Sonoma County

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Snooth User: ChadinRI
31485823
4.50 5
11/30/2009

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.


Snooth User: rar8888
1580261,280
3.50 5
04/18/2010

I prefer the 2007 but this is still a very solid effort. Tasted at Geneva wine tasting 4/18/2010.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
4.50 5
09/19/2010

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


Snooth User: runningbear
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3.00 5
11/15/2010

decent value-priced zin

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  • Snooth User: Cheri
    43567545
    3.00 5
    01/10/2010

    Decent. Smooth


    Snooth User: newyorkwineguy
    378273249
    3.50 5
    08/02/2010

    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


    Snooth User: Echelar
    196768209
    3.50 5
    11/26/2009

    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.


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    External Reviews for Seghesio Old Vine Zin Sonoma County

    External Review
    09/27/2011

    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!


    External Review
    01/10/2013

    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.


    External Review
    08/24/2011

    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.


    External Review
    09/27/2011

    A full, rich zin with sleek raspberry flavors that last, this is finely structured around meaty tannins and lighter, floral scents. Built for sopressata.


    External Review
    09/27/2011

    This simple Zin is filled with blackberries and black pepper jam. It's a juicy red, the dark berry and plum-into-prune flavors held within a tannic grip. Give it air, then pour it with a steak.


    External Review
    08/24/2011

    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.


    External Review
    08/24/2011

    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.


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    Tasting Notes:

    * 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.

    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.

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    Dietary Information: Certified Sustainable

    Closure: Cork

    Notes: Barrel-aged 15 months in 95% French oak (20% new barrels) and 5% American oak.


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