2009 Seghesio "Old Vine" Sonoma County Zinfandel
*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.
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.
**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.
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)