2010 Seghesio "Rockpile" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Zinfandel Rockpile bursts from the glass with racy red raspberries, flowers, mint, cinnamon and sweet tobacco. The Rockpile is one of the more feminine, sensual wines in this range, but it, too, has excellent balance and plenty of early appeal. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.
Offers floral black raspberry and smoked pepper aromas. The flavors are full and soft, yet more acidity would provide lift. Finishes with notes of licorice and briary sage. Drink now through 2018.
The Seghesio family first started planting Zinfandel in Sonoma County in 1895 and they really know their stuff. Rockpile Ridge is a narrow, ridge top appellation tottering 1,200 feet above Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley. The steep hillside vineyards have shallow, rocky topsoils that lend themselves to intense, concentrated wines. The 2010 exhibits classic Rockpile briary mountain fruit and spicy black cherry, with undertones of crushed rocks, sage, and pepper, enveloped in layers of creamy vanilla and toasty oak spices. This is full-bodied, rich, and powerful, with the acid and tannin structure suited for a pairing with grilled meats, stews, or braises.