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Seghesio Zinfandel 2009 (Sonoma County, California) - [RP 90] [WS 90]
Seghesio Zinfandel 2009 (Sonoma County, California)


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Winery: Seghesio Family Vineyards
Varietal: Zinfandel
Region: Sonoma County, California
Vintage: 2009
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: SEGHESIOZIN09-W

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About this Wine:

When Grandfather Edoardo 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, the fact 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 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 added to 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.

Barrel Regime: Barrel aged for 10 months in 75% American (20% new) and 25% French oak

Food Affinities: Red sauces, pizza, barbecue, spicy cuisine and a variety of meats

What Does It Taste Like?

Wild berry patch aromas and scents of freshly baked bread. Desired varietal markers of raspberries, blackberries and Zin’s briary spiciness reflect the excellent 2009 vintage. 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. - Ted Seghesio

Ratings & Reviews

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The lusty 2009 Zinfandel offers elegant berry fruit, lots of peppery spice, medium to full-bodied flavors and impressive purity as well as richness. It should drink well for 2-3 years. Bravo!

There are 69,000 cases of this 100% Zinfandel from the well-known, iconic Seghesio family that recently sold their winery and vineyards." - Robert Parker (Aug 2011)

90 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:

"Bold aromas of briary wild berry and cracked pepper lead to plush, layered flavors of black raspberry, toasty sage and espresso that finish with zesty tannins. Drink now through 2016. 69,000 cases made." –TF (June 30, 2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2008 vintage):

"The 2008 Zinfandel Sonoma offers up copious amounts of blue, red, and black fruits as well as excellent purity, medium to full body, a supple texture, and enough acidity to provide vibrancy. It is a pure, elegant, substantial Zinfandel to drink over the next 3-4 years." - Robert Parker (2/2010)

Wine Spectator Magazine (2008 vintage):
"Briary and zesty, with dried sage and wild berry aromas and tightly wound cracked pepper, dried cherry and licorice flavors that finish with slightly rustic tannins. Best from 2011 through 2014. 69,000 cases made." –TF (2/28/2010)

Listed on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of the World
#11 - 2002
#78 - 2003
#91 - 2005
#10 - 2007

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