2011 Seghesio "Cortina" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Earning the nod for its sheer richness rather than keenly defined fruit, the latest Seghesio Cortina is a big, impressively filled wine that makes no apologies for ripeness. That said, it is quite nicely balanced for the beamy wine that it is, and its blackberry leanings keep it well within the varietal camp. It would be a bit excessive to call it pretty or polished, but it hits the mark smartly as a ripe, very rich Zinfandel and is certain to gain plaudits aplenty from followers of its full-throttle style.
Sourced from two low-yielding vineyards in Dry Creek Valley, this Zin is heady and delicious with flavors of wild cherry, red currant, cola, thyme, white pepper and sandalwood. There’s a glyerine feel from high alcohol, but the palate is balanced with acidity and a dry finish. This just might be the best barbecue wine of the vintage.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Zinfandel Cortina (14.8% alcohol) displays a cedary, berry fruit-scented nose with lots of spice, pepper and earth scents, medium body, good material on the attack and mid-palate, and a narrow finish. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.