2006 Seghesio "Cortina" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1045400

Seghesio makes Zin, and they make it well. Cortina is the name for the gravelly loam soils that make Dry Creek one of the best places to grow Zin. And this homage to the soil is just that, with a vein of minerals threading from the nose to palate, complementing the wine's raspberry, currant and pomegranate fruit. There's also a kicky white pepper note that the vineyard is known for, all dusted by fine, integrated tannins and appealing acidity.

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/20/2009  | Send Email
In my book, the best producers of Zinfandel in California are Ridge, Seghesio and Storybook Mountain wineries. Both Ridge and Storybook Mountain consistently produced some of the most balanced, elegant and complex Zinfandels to be had by anyone in this industry. If, however, it is muscle, power, and concentration without being over-the-top that you want, look no further than the single vineyard productions from Seghesio. A classic Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, the 2006 Seghesio "Cortina" is deep ruby, almost inky in color, with the nose exploding from the glass with tons of curranty, blackberry, and blueberry aromas and just a hint of white pepper spiciness, all of which carries over to its expansive, incredibly full and concentrated palate. Mid-palate viscosity leads to a deep, rich, and profoundly long finish. This is a great Zin that you shouldn't miss!
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 By: Mary Medina |  Review Date: 6/25/2009 
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Nice Zinfandel. Had a cab quality about it. A little bit more heat than expected.

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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.

United States

- 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).