2012 Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel

SKU #1141124 92 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Two Stars* Over the years, Seghesio's solid Zins bearing the simple Sonoma County designation have been among the better values to be found, but this 2012 just might be the best bottling yet and is a deep, very well-focused, impressively extracted wine that is long on fruity muscle. While it takes on an edge of astringency at the finish, its tannins are not out of bounds and afford it the spine and the structure needed for aging, and service with the richer foods for which it is made will make its minor, last-minute heat next to unnoticeable.  (5/ 2014)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Jammed with zesty fruit, offering bold blackberry and licorice aromas and rich, well-structured black cherry, smoky pepper and grilled anise flavors. Drink now through 2019.  (3/ 2014)

K&L Notes

The Seghesio family first planted Zinfandel back in 1895, and their Sonoma County blend continues to be a benchmark of quality Zin. The 2012 vintage saw a return to the long, warm and mild growing conditions that Zin loves. To manage the large crop that was produced that year, Seghesio employed extensive crop thinning and canopy positioning. Combining spicy, briary, and lush Zin fruit characteristics from vineyards in the Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys, this wine was aged for 10 months in 60% American oak barrels (15% new) and 40% in neutral French and Hungarian oak. It's 87% Zinfandel, with the balance comprised of typical Zin companions Petite Sirah, Carignane, and a splash of Syrah. For good reason, Seghesio Zinfandel is often seen on Sonoma County wine lists.

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By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/5/2014  | Send Email
Hey friends, spring is already well sprung and your long-dormant propane grill is restlessly channeling Jim Morrison.... "C'mon baby light my fire!" So put on the sizzle and grill up some mouthwatering beef fajitas (today is Cinco de Mayo after all!), then lightly chill and uncork a bottle or two of this sensational, well-balanced Zin, a virtual scramble among the brambles with rapturous notes of blackberry and briar seasoned with gentle oak, a dash of spice and a kiss of licorice. Nothing out of sync here, just the interplay of richly beautiful fruit, well-composed tannins and a fine, satisfying finish. Awaiting the the grill of your dreams.....
Top Value!

By: Patrick Cu |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/4/2014  | Send Email
Seghesio always provides a great value in California Zinfandel with their Sonoma County bottling. The 2012 showcases how well balanced and easy to drink a Zin can be. Juicy blackberries, light spice, and good acidity are all present and well integrated with one another. This is not the overly ripe and super jammy style of Zinfandel, but instead a more restrained and approachable take. That helps in making it more food friendly for the upcoming barbecue season!

By: Michael Jordan |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/1/2014  | Send Email
The Seghesio Family have been making excellent wines from Sonoma County since the establishment of the label in 1983. The family itself has been growing grapes in Sonoma County since 1895, and long before that, in Italy. The 2012 is a bright, forward Zinfandel with beautiful black fruit with hints of cinnamon, black pepper and anise which give the wine a beautiful depth and balance. It's 87% Zinfandel, with the remainder Petite Sirah. This is a great Zin deal.

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Varietal:

Zinfandel

- 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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

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).
Alcohol Content (%): 15