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Seghesio Zin Rockpile 2008

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With our family’s first planting of Zinfandel in Sonoma County in 1895, we began to seek out vineyards that showcase Sonoma as the world’s premier appellation for Zinfandel. Rockpile, a narrow ridge about 1,200 feet above Dry Creek Valley, is just one of those areas. Steep, well-drained hillsides with shallow, rocky topsoil provide for less vigorous vines, smaller berries and intensely flavored 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

Member Reviews for Seghesio Zin Rockpile

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Snooth User: EMark
8478046,129
3.50 5
06/25/2014

Very rich ruby color. Quite fruity on the tongue/palate—lots of blackberry and prune. It comes close to being a “jammy” Zin, but, thankfully, stops just short of that. Serious tartness (think sour peach) emerges at the back of the palate. A very lengthy finish. A good, sturdy, wine, but not one that I would lust for more.


Snooth User: lingprof
1556071,108
4.50 5
10/19/2009

The definition of balance. less spice than most zins I've had recently, but just enough of everything to feature the rich fruit. not overpowering, but full. just right. edit: the one I reviewed is "Sonoma County". Not sure if this is the same one, but it was the only 08 on here....


Snooth User: CheloSpahn
1144627483
4.00 5
10/24/2012

AMAZING ZINFANDEL!


Snooth User: irenell
10997318
2.00 5
05/16/2012

gghh


External Reviews for Seghesio Zin Rockpile

External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
07/13/2010

Seghesio Vineyard Zinfandel Rockpile 2008 and all other wine from Seghesio Vineyard are available for immediate delivery and discounted prices from WineDada.com. We also carry wide variety of wine from USA and across the globe.


External Review
11/25/2010

The Rockpile AVA was just granted in 2002 making it one of the newest in California. Located 1,200 feet above Lake Sonoma in the upper Dry Creek Valley, the high altitude of these mountain vineyards allow cooler temperatures as well as direct sunlight unhindered by the valley fog below. The grapes ripen slowly developing robust flavors. The 2007 was scored 92 points by Wine Spectator. Limited!


External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
07/13/2010

Seghesio Vineyard Zinfandel Home Ranch 2008 and all other wine from Seghesio Vineyard are available for immediate delivery and discounted prices from WineDada.com. We also carry wide variety of wine from USA and across the globe.



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Tasting Notes:

* Vivid aromas of ripe raspberries, mulling spices and licorice * Impenetrable red hue promises mouth-coating flavors * Site-specific flint-like minerality crafts added layers of complexity * Balanced acidity in concert with moderately dusty tannins create a refined mid-palate richness and length on the finish * French oak’s fine-grained wood imparts toasty, vanilla-scented undertones

With our family’s first planting of Zinfandel in Sonoma County in 1895, we began to seek out vineyards that showcase Sonoma as the world’s premier appellation for Zinfandel. Rockpile, a narrow ridge about 1,200 feet above Dry Creek Valley, is just one of those areas. Steep, well-drained hillsides with shallow, rocky topsoil provide for less vigorous vines, smaller berries and intensely flavored Zinfandel.

Dietary Information: Certified Sustainable

Closure: Cork

Notes: Barrel-aged 13 months in 75% French oak (30% new) and 25% American oak

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 15.6%

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