Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2020

Italian inspired wine from Sonoma
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Primary Notes: Blackberry Cherry, raspberry Mint

Secondary Notes:

Tertiary Notes:

Body: Full

Dryness: Neutral

Acidity: Light

Tannin: Medium -

Alcohol (%): 14.8

Origin: Sonoma County, California, USA


Grape: Primitivo (Zinfandel, Crljenak Kastelanski)

Fermentation: Heavy Wood

Awards: >90 pts


Serving Temperature: Best enjoyed at 16 degrees

Asian Food Pairing: Roast duck rice, braised pork

Western Food Pairing: Bolognese, grilled steak


Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2020

An expressive burst of aromas of deep dark fruits lead into layered tones of lifted red fruit and a soft, luscious mid-palate. A juicy, vibrant entry with notes of mint, sarsaparilla, and fresh plum is interwoven with supple, textured tannins and acidity on the long, complex finish.

The blend is comprised of vineyards ranging from Sonoma Valley, Russian River
Valley, Alexander Valley and Dry Creek and are 55% estate grown and 45% purchased from long-standing grower relationships. The grapes were hand harvested in small lots resulting in over 100 different small fermentations, allowing each vineyard block to express its individual characteristics. Various fermentation techniques were utilised with a breakdown of: 65% pump-over fermentation in closed top stainless steel with delestage through tub and screen; 25% small open top fermentation with pneumatic assisted, punch-down cap management; and 10% stainless steel rotary tank fermentation. Each is chosen to maximize the best attributes of the fruit. Fermented on the skins from 7 to 12 days before being transferred to barrels to complete malolactic fermentation. Aged for 10 months in 7% new American, 15% 1 year American, and 78% neutral French and American Oak barrels. Racked once upon completion of malolactic fermentation and once to blend and bottle.

The start of the 2019 growing season was wet, however the silver lining to a wet winter and spring is healthy cover crop growth and a full soil profile. By April, rain had started to slow and the soils dried out a bit, allowing us to add large amounts of organic matter back to the soils. Now all we needed was a little more rain to help break down all that “good stuff”. The month of May did not disappoint and we received an additional 5 inches of rain. This topped off the soil profiles and aided in setting up the year for success! The summer was marked by warm days and cool nights. With healthy soils and good weather, bloom went well and our vineyards set a very nice balanced crop. Irrigation was held to a minimum throughout the growing season. Moderate temperatures into mid-September led to a gradual ripening curve for the grapes approaching harvest dates, allowing for a methodical harvest, preserved bright fruit flavors and refreshing acid structure in the wines. The wines also showcase a fully ripe, soft tannin structure that extended gradual ripening promotes. By the end of the third week of October, we had wrapped up harvest and changed gears to prepping for Vintage 2020!

The Sonoma Zinfandel represents the ideal expression of Sonoma County Zinfandel in any given vintage. Crafted from an average selection of more than 150 individual lots that are harvested from vineyards across Sonoma County, fermented separately and masterfully blended, our Sonoma Zinfandel is bright, richly fruited, bold, and always balanced.

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 - 92 PTS
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 - 90 PTS

The appellation 2019 Zinfandel Sonoma is a charming, fruit-forward effort with plenty of blueberry and cherry-like fruit as well as classic spice box and peppery herbs. Medium-bodied and nicely textured, with chewy tannins, it doesn't quite have the texture of the others, but it’s nevertheless incredibly charming and satisfying 

 - 90 PTS

The 2019 Seghesio Family Vineyards Sonoma Zinfandel drinks exceptionally well, and it drinks well now. TASTING NOTES: This wine shows up with pleasing aromas and flavors of ripe berries and a touch of oak. Pair it with fresh tomato and wild mushroom pasta.