2011 Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel
An excellent wine from a challenging vintage, with aromas of black cherry and spice opening to rich wild berry, mineral and toasty sage flavors that wrap around a concentrated core of acidity and tannins. Best from 2015 through 2021.
By every report and what we have seen in early tastings, 2011 is an uneven vintage, especially as far as red wines are concerned. This extremely well-made working proves that, as always, very good wines await those willing to search, and it hits the varietal mark smartly. It is precise in its focus on ripe berries and briary spice, and it is particularly well-balanced with fine energy and a long, very firm finish. It is still on the tight side and we would argue against hasty drinking, but it is an easy-odds bet to grow and improve for another three to five years.
The Seghesio family first planted Zinfandel back in 1895! The Sonoma County Zin blends fruit from Dry Creek and Alexander Valley, aged for 10 months in 75% American and 25% French oak barrels. Seghesio's Zin is busty, with plush and spicy blackberry and raspberry fruit, but it's got some extra acidity because of the cool 2011 vintage.