2009 Seghesio "Old Vine" Sonoma County Zinfandel

SKU #1086613 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice!* As chewy and umami, salty delicious as a mouthful of crunchy bacon. Throw in dried blackberries and blueberries, with a touch of smoky new oak, and that describes this fantastically pure, addictively good Zinfandel. The grape sourcing is from old vineyards in the Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys. Truly a great Zin, and relatively easy to find, with 9,000 cases produced.  (3/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe but well-structured, with wild berry and licorice aromas and rich, layered flavors of plum and smoked pepper that are balanced with a great backbone of acidity and tannins. Drink now through 2017.  (12/2011)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 **Two Stars** As with most Seghesio Zinfandels, this one leaves little behind in its construction. Full, deep, rich and very ripe, it favors blackberry and spice in its aromas and picks up a slight minerally note along the way. Its shares a bent to sturdiness with its mate below from the Rockpile area and shows a touch more flesh in its texture. It is, of course, no shrinking violet and will want service with foods like savory sausages in red sauce.  (1/2012)

K&L Notes

90% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah from vineyards planted between 1920 and 1950 on the benchlands of the Dry Creek and western Alexander valleys. According to Robert Parker: "The 2009 Zinfandel Old Vine is an attractive, mid-weight wine laced with sweet red berries, flowers, spice and mint. Earthy undertones add complexity on the sleek, perfumed finish. The Old Vine is 90% Zinfandel and 10% Petite Sirah from head-trained vines that are dry-farmed. The Seghesio family planted their first Zinfandel vines in Alexander Valley in 1895, the early days of a rich heritage that continues to this day under the leadership of Ted Seghesio." (02/2012)

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

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- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 15.6