Grapes: 88% Zinfandel , 9% Petite Sirah, 2% Other red varieties, 1% Carignano/Carignan
For over a century, the Seghesio family has played an integral role in the evolution of the region's viticulture. The winery was established in 1895, when Italian immigrant Edoardo Seghesio planted his first Zinfandel vines in what is now Seghesio’s ‘Home Ranch’ vineyard in Alexander Valley. Edoardo and his wife Angela continued growing vines during the Prohibition years, and were the only winery in the region to survive that era. Seghesio’s reputation for world class Zinfandel was cemented under the guidance of third generation Pete Seghesio and his cousin Ted Seghesio in the 1980s. Italian consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini's influence can be seen in the juicy, approachable style of Zinfandel that has become Seghesio's hallmark. Seghesio owns 120 hectares of sustainably-farmed vineyards across several renowned appellations in Sonoma, including Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley.
The grapes were hand harvested and sorted as clusters and berries before being transferred to a mix of open and closed top fermenters. Fermentation took place on the skins from 7 to 12 days before the juice was transferred to barrels. The wine was aged for nine months in 77% American (10% of which was new) and 23% neutral French oak barrels.
'This is of brilliant ruby colour and has a nose packed with ripe cherry and forest berries, along with subtle vanilla and baking spice. The palate is full-bodied and balanced, with a slightly structured tannin and balancing acidity. Lots of bitter chocolate, berry fruit, and raspberry yoghurt. This must have been made as perfect BBQ match!' Anja Breit, Philglas & Swiggot