2014 Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel

SKU #1241650 93 points Wine Spectator

 Plump and luscious, this is jam-packed with fruit. Lively blackberry, pepper, and other spice box aromas lead to ripe and rich flavors of black raspberry, caramel, and licorice. There are more complex Zinfandels, but few that are more enjoyable to drink. Drink now through 2022.  (12/2015)

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By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2016 | Send Email
Consistency. That is the word I think of when I think of the Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel. Whether it is a cold or hot, rainy or dry or large or small yielding vintage this wine always delivers the goods. So it is no surprise that in a great year like 2014 this wine is just fantastically good. With its typical spice-driven nature, this leads with alluring aromatics of whole black and white peppercorns, star anise, nutmeg and blackberry purée. With a round and seamless entry, the wine impresses with its considerable stuffing and core of berry tart, mocha, café au lait and vanilla laces all encapsulated by a bright edge of fresh strawberry-like acidity. Drinkable by the bottle and perfect for those cool evenings of late winter and spring or the warm backyard BBQ meat fests, this is wildly versatile and appropriate in just about any occasion.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/5/2016 | Send Email
Seghesio is always one of my go-to recommendations for good full-bodied, spicy, juicy Zinfandel. For the price, they always deliver a solid and enjoyable wine, and the new vintage is no exception. In fact, the 2014 is better than the previous two vintages, in my opinion. Dark, lush berry is still immediately present on the nose and palate and the wine is very rich, but it is well balanced and maintains some lift to keep it from being cloying. The spice is definitely present and adds to a good finish. This is a classic California Zin and always a good deal.

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/4/2016 | Send Email
Made by fourth generation winemaker Ted Seghesio, this young Zinfandel shows notes of ripe red raspberry, blue fruit and a flash of spice on the finish. This wine recently garnered 93 points from Wine Spectator, and I must say, I adamantly agree with the critics on this one. It's seductive, racy and complex. At $20 you're getting one heck of a bottle! Grab a couple while you can. Drink now through 2020.

By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/3/2016 | Send Email
I'm finding more Zins that I consider approachable- even great! The 2014 Seghesio SoCo Zin is one such wine! After a lot of wine tasting there's usually 3 or so that are real stand-outs. This would be one of those stand-outs from a recent tasting. The aromas were frickin' (<---edited for content) unstoppable! Plenty of fruit, dried flowers, and toffee wafting eagerly out of the glass and leading into a great dark-fruit filled mouthful of deliciousness. The structure, although not in the way, indicates that this will be able to hold up against the big boys of Zin for a long time. Get-you-some.

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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.
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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 (%): 14.8