Seghesio Zin Rockpile 2008
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.
Fairly big nose showing typical Zinfandel black fruit. Blackberry and black plum with some spicy flavors under the palate. Also, though, I can taste the alcohol. I have to say, though, the lengthy finish is delightful. I think this has gone downhill a bit since I last had it.
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.
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....
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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!
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* 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
Dietary Information: Certified Sustainable
Notes: Barrel-aged 13 months in 75% French oak (30% new) and 25% American oak