Seghesio Zinfandel Rockpile 2005
With our familys first planting of Zinfandel in Sonoma County in 1895, we began to seek out vineyards which showcase Sonoma as the worlds premier appellation for zinfandel. Rockpile, a narrow ridge some 1200 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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Multilayered blend of two neighboring vineyard sites provides a complex medley of fruit including dark berries and a briary essence. Flavors of warm boysenberry pie and pomegranate jamminess Notes of anise and cinnamon from optimal barrel aging add depth and complexity. Undertones of shale earthiness. Warm days, evening breezes, cool nights and extended hang-time preserved a succulent acidity and ripe, integrated tannins.
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