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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
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
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%
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.
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%