2010 Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma 375 ml

Year: 2010
Appellation: Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 90
Connoisseurs' Guide: 89
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
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"This racy wine is jammed with pepper and licorice, plus notes of black raspberry, roasted sage and smoke. Still youthful and unpolished, but promises much. Best from 2014 through 2017. 79,000 cases made." (WS)

"Finding nice equilibrium between ripeness and fruit, Seghesio has come up with a balanced and wonderfully accessible wine that is rife with juicy blackberry qualities and throws in a touch of sweet oak. If not yet as polished nor as complex as it will be with age, it is nonetheless quite tasty now and will do the trick nicely as a foil to Pasta Puttanesca or those bathed in a hearty Bolognese meat sauce. Reviewed: January 2012" (CG)

“A teaching tool for classic Sonoma County Zinfandel. ... An astonishing value.” (WE)

Winery Notes:
When Edoardo Seghesio first planted Zinfandel on our Home Ranch in Alexander Valley in 1895, Zinfandel was known as the "boss" grape in Sonoma County. It earned its popularity by thriving in the California sun and providing good color and sugar at harvest. To the many Italian immigrants in Sonoma County, Zinfandel was reminiscent of the fruit-driven wines of their homeland. Because wine was an everyday part of the family meal and given that Zinfandel is drinkable within a year of harvest, it became preferable over varietals that need years of aging.

The Sites: This wine comes primarily from four estate-farmed vineyards: Home Ranch, San Lorenzo and River Road in Alexander Valley, and Cortina in Dry Creek Valley. Several of these sites have produced Zinfandel for over a century, while the newer sites benefit from proprietary clones and the most advanced viticultural practices. Yields are kept at or below 4 tons per acre.

The Wine: Every year, we bring in approximately 35 lots of Zinfandel averaging 25-30 years in age. 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 blended in the wine for added complexity. The result is a tantalizing black raspberry and classic briary flavored wine with a balance of components for which Seghesio wines are known.