Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma County
Classification: AVA Sonoma County
Colour: Strong red wine
Country: United States
Region: California, Sonoma County
Producer: Seghesio Family Vineyards, Healdsburg
Grape varieties: zinfandel
Character: Deep red color. Beautiful aromas of black fruit, such as cassis and blackberries. Full, concentrated taste, with an appealing freshness. Sultry notes of plums, currants, blackberries and rose hips. Light oak in the aftertaste with a sweet spiciness.
Winemaking: The grapes for this wine come from the cool Dry Creek Valley and the warmer Alexander Valley. A strict selection already takes place in the vineyard, only healthy and ripe grapes are picked by hand. Fermentation takes place in steel tanks for 10 days, during which the wine is regularly pumped over the skins for extra taste and color. The wine then matures for an average of 1 year in barrels made of French (75%) and American oak (25%). About 30% of these barrels are renewed every year.
Producer data: In 1895, Italian immigrants Edoardo Seghesio and his wife Angela settled from Piedmont, California, in the hamlet of Chianti in Alexander Valley, part of Sonoma County. They bought 4 hectares of vineyard and a winery was built in 1902. The vineyard was given the obvious name: Home Ranch. The Home Ranch vineyard currently covers over 50 hectares, with another 110 hectares owned in Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley. A total of 7 plots, located on different soils in climatically different areas. In addition to Home Ranch, in Alexander Valley they also own Chianti Station (with the oldest sangiovese planting in the US from 1910), River Road/Ranch (1942), Chen's Vineyard (1957) in Dry Creek Valley, Lone Oak (1960) in Alexander Valley , Keyhole Ranch (1962) and the recently purchased Montafi vineyard (2014), both in Russian River. Furthermore, Seghesio has been buying grapes from old vineyards from various 'family grape growers' for years. Today the winery is run by the 4th and 5th generations of Seghesio. Ted Seghesio has handed over the baton of winemaker to Andy Robinson since 2015. Jim Neumiller is doing the same and son Ned is now in charge of the vineyards. Seghesio works sustainably and works in the vineyard with cover crops, sophisticated energy (solar panels) and water management and has been taking good care of the (Mexican) staff in their own Hacienda for years. Seghesio's Zinfandel is considered one of the Sonoma Valley's best. This is thanks to the very old vines, an extremely low yield per hectare, a rigorous selection of healthy grapes upon entering the cellar and the most modern winemaking equipment. Seghesio specializes in Italian varieties such as vermentino, barbera, sangiovese, works with exciting field blends based on zinfandel with some aged carignane, petite sirah, grenache, etc. and recently also has a chardonnay.
Area data: Sonoma County, north of San Francisco, has very diverse soils. Approximately 25,000 hectares are planted with a large number of different grape varieties. The area has mountain ranges and a number of valleys, three of which are mentioned above. The AVA (American Viticultural Area) Sonoma County runs from the Pacific Coast in the west to the Mayacamas Mountains in the east and has within its borders more than 425 wineries and 18 AVAs, including Alexander Valley (5,847 ha), Dry Creek Valley ( 3,259 ha), Russian River Valley (5,623 ha), Sonoma Valley (2,252 ha), Rockpile (77 ha), Chalk Hill (603 ha) and Carneros (2,622 ha). So if a producer combines grapes from several of these AVAs in a wine, he may use the Sonoma County AVA. Under the influence of the Pacific Ocean and the fog in the valley from the San Pablo Bay, there is a temperate climate. The morning mist manages to penetrate the area in various places. It is cool in the south, the temperature rises as it gets further north. The Mayacamas Mountains in the east provide shelter for the northern part. It is difficult to describe the character of Sonoma County wines in general, too much depends on the grape, location and winery.
Serve with: Spicy grilled red meat, game, stews, spicy, hard and blue-veined cheeses.
Serving temperature: 16 to 18ºC
Other information: Seghesio's pride is its authentic zinfandel vines, which are among the oldest in California. The Zinfandel grape has long been considered California's own grape variety. For a long time there was uncertainty about the origin, primitivo, crljenak, dobricic and plavac mali from Croatia were mentioned. Recent studies using DNA technology at Davis University in California put an end to all ambiguity: zinfandel and crljenak (oldest known name: tribidrag) are identical.