2015 Seghesio Defiant Red

Year: 2015
Appellation: Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
Price :

43% Zinfandel, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Alicante, 9% Barbera, 8% Syrah

"Savory black cherry aromas lead to well-framed flavors of sage and pepper. A new blend from this winery offers the zest of Zinfandel with the focus of Cabernet Sauvignon. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante, Barbera and Syrah. Drink now through 2027. 5,000 cases made.—T.F." (WS)

Winery Notes:
A collection of vines from Seghesio Family Vineyards Estate properties and long-term growers.

2015 was one of the earliest harvests on record in Sonoma County. 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 Regiman:
Our crews walk the vineyards with willow switches, tipping the canes to drive lateral growth into the vine’s crown to provide shade when the canes droop late in the season. A green harvest and a post-suckering veraison thin are performed. Just prior to harvest, a touch-up pass ensures a harvest of evenly ripened fruit.

Fermentation Regiman:
100% small lot, open-top fermentors with punch-down maceration by hand; 8-14 day maceration, varying by lot.