This year marks Seghesioâ€™s 125th anniversary in Sonoma County. For over a century, the Seghesio family has played an integral role in the history and evolution of viticulture in the region. The winery was established in 1895, when Italian immigrant Edoardo Seghesio planted his first Zinfandel vines in what is now Seghesioâ€™s â€˜Home Ranchâ€™ vineyard in Alexander Valley. Edoardo and his wife Angela continued growing vines during the Prohibition years, and were the only winery in the region to survive that era.
Seghesioâ€™s reputation for world class Zinfandel was cemented under the guidance of third generation Pete Seghesio and his cousin Ted Seghesio in the 1980s. Owned by Crimson Wine Group since 2011 (who also own Pine Ridge in Napa Valley), today Seghesio remains focused on its family roots, with Ted Seghesioâ€™s nephew Ned Neumiller in charge of viticulture. In recognition of Nedâ€™s meticulous work in the vineyards, he was recently awarded the honour of â€œSonoma County's Outstanding Young Person in Agriculture".Winemaker Andy Robinson, who worked alongside Ted in the cellar for almost 20 years, is now Head Winemaker.Italian consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini has also helped improve the quality of the wines, and his influence can be seen in the juicy, approachable style of Zinfandel that has become Seghesio's hallmark.
Seghesio owns 120 hectares of sustainably-farmed vineyards across several renowned appellations in Sonoma, including Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley. In additionto these outstanding sites, they have long-standing relationships with local growers from both Sonoma and Mendocino counties.
Grapes were primarily estate-grown from the Home Ranch, River Road, Lone Oak and San Lorenzo vineyards in Alexander Valley, and the Cortina vineyard in Dry Creek Valley. Careful canopy management was maintained throughout the season. Yield management techniques (including green harvest) were employed to ensure even ripening and to keep crop loads in balance.
The grapes were fermented in a mix of open and closed top fermenters with various forms of cap management. Post-fermentation, the wine was aged for nine months in 70% American (12% of which was new) and 30% French oak barrels.
This wine is ruby red in colour and full of the spicy, lush black fruit of the Alexander Valley. Wild raspberry and blackberry flavours emerge on the palate along with the structure of the cooler Dry Creek Valley. It is a well-balanced and elegant expression of Zinfandel.