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Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma Rockpile 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

The steep, well-drained hillsides of the Rockpile vineyard, a narrow ride 1,200 feet above Dry Creek Valley, have shallow, rocky topsoil which provides 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

Editorial Reviews for Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma Rockpile

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,083
3.50 5
11/02/2013

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


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Snooth User: EMark
8478047,200
3.50 5
05/17/2014

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.


Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578086,396
4.00 5
04/16/2015

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.


Snooth User: RandyFisher
1073394733
4.00 5
11/04/2014

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.


Snooth User: EMark
8478047,200
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 04/25/2013

Very dark "black plum" color in the glass. Oaky nose with slight hints of blackberries. Lots of fruit on the initial palate--blackberries and raisins (giving it sweetness). Fairly stern as it moves over the palate--some tannin and some acid. OK wine, but not my favorite from this maker. US$19.99 from the Wine Club in Santa Ana.


Snooth User: EMark
8478047,200
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 08/16/2014

Fairly dark purply color. Somewhat woody nose with a slight astringency that suggests alcohol. Fairly fruity on introduction to the palate—blackberry and, maybe some citrus. Acid hit gives the citrus impression but it might also be compared to stone fruit—plum or peach. Some suggestion of spice—clove. Very warm finish, but, to the detriment of this wine, the final impression is fruity sweetness.


Snooth User: loveandprozac
1042585146
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 03/26/2012

This is a remarkably well-balanced and easy drinking wine; a California "fruit-bomb" with depth. Typical Zinfandel brambleberry shines through with subdued tannins. Perhaps not the most thoughtful of drinkers, but if you're in the mood for an easy-drinker that doesn't sacrifice on elegance it's a great bottle.


Snooth User: EMark
8478047,200
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 09/16/2013

Quite dark black plum color. Earthy, woody aromas. Noticeable blackberry fruit on the tip of the tongue, but that diminishes fairly quickly. Nice mouth-filling roundness. Firm, but not overbearing tannin. Sufficient acid to make it a good food match. This is a terrific wine. Slight bitterness on the back of the palate makes it seem more refreshing. Hard to believe that 15% ABV. US$29.99 at the Wine Club in Santa Ana.


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External Reviews for Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma Rockpile

External Review
11/01/2013

Four and a half glasses


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/13/2014

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%


External Review
12/02/2013

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.


External Review
01/29/2009

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


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
07/01/2015

Spicy, lush black fruit of Alexander Valley. Briary and raspberry flavors, along with structure, of cooler Dry Creek Valley. Balanced and elegently structured. - Winery Varietal Composition : 87% Zinfandel 9% Petite Sirah 2% Carignane 2% Syrah Alcohol : 14.8%


External Review
04/17/2015

Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel blends the finest lots from vineyards planted between 1920-1950 on the benchlands of Dry Creek and western Alexander Valleys. Although "Old Vine" is often loosely interpreted in the wine industry, the benchmark here is a minimum of 50 years. True "Old Vine" Zin is distinguished by dry-farmed, thick, gnarled trunks and planted with historic clones dating back to the years before Prohibition. In each of these old blocks, vines of Carignane and/or Petite Sirah are inter-planted, as was typical of the era. The small concentrated berries these old vines produce are fermented in small open-top barrels and then aged in primarily French oak barrels for 15 months. Robert Parker scored it 92 and the Wine Spectator gave it a "Highly Recommended" with a 93 point score. They said "A winning combination of rustic richness and sleek balance. Aromas of briary wild berry and spicy mocha lead to dense, layered flavors of black cherry, grilled anise and pepper. Drink now through 2022."


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
02/20/2015

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%


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