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Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma Rockpile 2012
Editorial Reviews for Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma Rockpile
Creamy cherry fruit is joined by a nice spicy note on the nose offering just a hint of wood and a little blueberry. Full and fruity in the mouth delivering clear black berry fruit with soft tannins though this turns a touch bitter and extracted on the backend, then a little creamy on the raw, modest finish. Perhaps a bit young. Might improve. 87pts
Nice blend of fruit--raspberries, plums. Maybe just a tad fruitier than I prefer, but this will appeal to many. Very tame tannin and very light on the acid suggests to me that this is a drink-it-now.
Big, juicy Rockpile zin by Seghesio. Black cherry and black licorice on the nose. Loads of ripe black cherry, blackberry, black plum, more licorice/anise, some earthiness, nice acidity, fine grained tannins and a medium long finish.
Red fruit and a bit of alcohol on the nose. Red fruit on the palate with some spice and balancing acid. Soft tannins and a smooth finish. The second day the wine developed a bit more fruit and the tannins softened. I upgraded my star count a half point. Really nice wine.
External Reviews for Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma Rockpile
Spicy, lush black fruit of Alexander Valley. Briary and raspberry flavors, along with structure, of cooler Dry Creek Valley. Balanced and elegently structured. -WineryVarietal Composition:87% Zinfandel9% Petite Sirah2% Carignane2% SyrahAlcohol:14.8%
Since Edoardo Seghesio’ s first planting of Zinfandel in Sonoma County in 1895, Seghesio Family Vineyards has sought out sites that showcase Sonoma as the world’s premier appellation for Zinfandel. Rockpile, a narrow ridge 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. TASTING NOTES: Aromas of spice box and red fruit Intense flavors of currant, candied apple and Zinfandel’s briary essence Soft entry with focused acidity and an extremely long finish FOOD AFFINITIES: Hearty beef, spicy red sauce pasta and dry-rubbed barbecue - Winery Vineyard Regime: Our standard farming protocol was performed: shoot suckering, multiple canopy leafing passes, weak shoot fruit removal, removal of all touching clusters, veraison thinning and post-veraison touch-up pass. Fermentation Regime: 69% small, open-top fermentation with punch-down maceration by hand 10 to 11 days; 31% closed-top fermentation with remontage (pumpover) and delestage (rack and return), which lasted 9 days. All wines completed primary fermentation and underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel. The wines were assembled after 12 months of aging and returned to barrel for 3 months to coalesce. Barrel Regime: Barrel-aged 15 months (15% new French oak; neutral barrels were a mixture of French and American oak Alcohol: 14.8%
Our 2005 Rockpile Zinfandel has a multilayered blend of two neighboring vineyard sites that 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
Wild berry patch aromas and scents of freshly baked bread. Desired varietal markers of raspberries, blackberries and Zin's briary spiciness reflect in this wine. Zin's ever-present acidity enhances the finish and fine, dusty tannins add complexity, mouthfeel and structure. Layered nuances of flavor with cracked pepper, tilled soil and a hint of creamy oak. Characteristic synergy of components - balanced and elegantly structured.