2013 Seghesio "Cortina" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Zinfandel Cortina, which comes from their lowest yielding, dry farmed vineyards, exhibits perhaps the deepest level of fruit intensity, with loads of raspberries, black cherries, some spice, a full-bodied earthiness, moderately high alcohol (as all of these do) at 14.8%, but a long, layered finish. This is probably one of my favorites of this grouping. (RP)
*Highly Recommended* This captures such a distinct sense of place it almost smells like Dry Creek Valley. Briary raspberry and smoky cinnamon aromas lead to complex, layered flavors of dried sage, licorice and dark cherry. Tannins sneak in on the finish. (TF)
*Two Stars* There is no denying the depth and density of the Seghesio trio reviewed in this Issue, but, as is usually the case, the winery finds plenty of ripe and juicy fruit in its wines and wows us with noses and flavors that are both expressive and full of the ebullient fruit energy so appreciated by Zinfandel aficionados. In this bottling, the pace is set by aromas of sweet berries and creamy oak whose richness is matched by poise and precise focus, and all of that is then echoed in complete and deftly crafted flavors of great length and admirable continuity. And while Zinfandel is not necessarily thought of as an ageworthy wine, this one will reward a stay of some three to five years in the cellar.