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Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma County 2016

External Review by We Speak Wine:

2016 SONOMA ZINFANDEL: Each vintage, we harvest multiple diverse lots of Zinfandel that span the entire Sonoma County Zinfandel landscape. Each of these lots is produced under the careful eye of our winemaker, Ted Seghesio. The best of these lots are selected to make Sonoma Zinfandel. A small amount of Petite Sirah is added to honor century old traditions and to provide color and structure. The result is a wine that offers tantalizing raspberry, blueberry, classic briary and spicy flavors with a balance of components for which Seghesio wines are known. VINEYARDS: A blend comprised of Zinfandel from vineyards in Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander valleys. VINTAGE: 2016 harvest began early and went by quickly. Although the summer was generally mild, spring’s dry warm weather accelerated vine development, ultimately producing smaller berries and concentrated flavors. Sustained warm weather coupled with depleted water reserves culminated with a furiously paced compact harvest that was completed before the end of September, producing a vintage of exceptional quality. VINEYARD REGIMEN: Aggressive hand canopy management was maintained throughout the season. Yield management techniques were employed to ensure even ripening and to keep crop loads in balance. FERMENTATION REGIMEN: 60% pump-over fermentation in closed-top stainless steel with delestage through tub and screen; 20% small, open-top fermentation with hand punch-down cap management; 20% stainless steel rotary tank fermentation. Fermented on the skins from 7 to 12 days before being transferred to barrels to complete malolactic fermentation. FOOD AFFINITIES: Red sauces, pizza, barbecue, spicy cuisine and cured salami. TASTING NOTES: Spicy, lush black fruit of Alexander Valley Briary and raspberry flavors, along with structure, of cooler Dry Creek Valley Balanced and elegantly structured. VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 83% Zinfandel 12% Petite Sirah 1% Syrah 1% Carignane 1% Barbera 2% Mixed Red BARREL REGIMEN: Aged 9 months in 60% American oak barrels (12% new); 40% neutral French oak barrels ALCOHOL: 14.8%

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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

External Reviews for Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma County

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/16/2019

2016 SONOMA ZINFANDEL: Each vintage, we harvest multiple diverse lots of Zinfandel that span the entire Sonoma County Zinfandel landscape. Each of these lots is produced under the careful eye of our winemaker, Ted Seghesio. The best of these lots are selected to make Sonoma Zinfandel. A small amount of Petite Sirah is added to honor century old traditions and to provide color and structure. The result is a wine that offers tantalizing raspberry, blueberry, classic briary and spicy flavors with a balance of components for which Seghesio wines are known. VINEYARDS: A blend comprised of Zinfandel from vineyards in Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander valleys. VINTAGE: 2016 harvest began early and went by quickly. Although the summer was generally mild, spring’s dry warm weather accelerated vine development, ultimately producing smaller berries and concentrated flavors. Sustained warm weather coupled with depleted water reserves culminated with a furiously paced compact harvest that was completed before the end of September, producing a vintage of exceptional quality. VINEYARD REGIMEN: Aggressive hand canopy management was maintained throughout the season. Yield management techniques were employed to ensure even ripening and to keep crop loads in balance. FERMENTATION REGIMEN: 60% pump-over fermentation in closed-top stainless steel with delestage through tub and screen; 20% small, open-top fermentation with hand punch-down cap management; 20% stainless steel rotary tank fermentation. Fermented on the skins from 7 to 12 days before being transferred to barrels to complete malolactic fermentation. FOOD AFFINITIES: Red sauces, pizza, barbecue, spicy cuisine and cured salami. TASTING NOTES: Spicy, lush black fruit of Alexander Valley Briary and raspberry flavors, along with structure, of cooler Dry Creek Valley Balanced and elegantly structured. VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 83% Zinfandel 12% Petite Sirah 1% Syrah 1% Carignane 1% Barbera 2% Mixed Red BARREL REGIMEN: Aged 9 months in 60% American oak barrels (12% new); 40% neutral French oak barrels ALCOHOL: 14.8%



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