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2006 Seghesio "Rockpile" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1040828

90 points and one star from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "There is no hiding the fact that this dramatic wine is very much geared to unabashed ripeness, but its stands out from the late-harvest crowd by dint of its strong sense of fruit and tastes of blackberries in spite of its heat. It is a powerhouse effort to be sure, and it will need pairing with hearty braised meats or very rich cheeses, but it never lets go of its Zinfandel soul and is sure to delight fans of the style." (January 2009) Don't mess with the masters. The Seghesio family first started planting zinfandel in Sonoma County in 1895 and they really know their stuff. Rockpile Ridge is a narrow, ridge top appellation tottering 1,200 feet above Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley. The steep hillside vineyards have shallow, rocky topsoils that lend themselves to concentrated wines like this one. Lots of briar fruit and white pepper spice appear on the wine's nose, complemented by mineral, cherry, blackberry and herb undertones on the palate. The tannins are ripe and sweet and boosted by oak spice. Full-bodied, decadent and a great representation of the appellation.

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- 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.

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.


- 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.
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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 (%): 15.7