Seghesio Family Vineyards farms 300 acres of superior vineyards collected since 1895, when Edoardo Seghesio planted his first Zinfandel vines in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley. Each site was chosen by five generations of Seghesio winemakers and growers for the individuality of its environment.
Tasting Note Aromas of spice box, leather and black cherry. Intense flavors of currant, casis and Zinfandel’s briary essence. Focused acidity and an extremely long finish.
Food Matching Grilled, lean meats such as Beef Tenderloin, Pork Loin or Rack of Lamb. Meaty pasta sauces like Bolognese. Aged goat cheese or gruyere
Grape variety 100% Zinfandel
Biological Certificate Certified Sustainable (Sonoma County Vintners); Fish Friendly Farming
Terroir The Rockpile Appellation , contiguous to Dry Creek Valley, is defined by ridgetops with elevations ranging from 800 to 2,100 feet above sea level. The appellation’s size is limited by its rugged terrain. Specializing in hearty red varietals, Rockpile is a perfect site to showcase Sonoma County as the world’s premier location for Zinfandel. Steep, well-drained hillsides with shallow, rocky topsoil provide for less vigorous vines, smaller berries and intensely flavored Zinfandel.
Climate Dry summers with little to no rainfall. Rains through the winter months. Average annual rainfall is 800mm. Annual high temperate is 22.6C; annual low temperature is 7.3C.
Geology The soils are generally comprised of loam to clay loam with a red brown color due to the higher oxidation. It is only 12 to 24 inches deep in the best of the viticultural locations.
Vinification 100% small, open-top fermentation with punch-down maceration by hand 9 days. All wines completed primary fermentation and underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel. The wines were assembled after 14 months of aging and returned to barrel for 1 month to coalesce.
Aging Barrel-aged 14 months in 15% new French oak; neutral barrels were a mixture of French and American oak.
Residual sugar 1.7
Wine Spectator 94 Points!
Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points!
Sakura Women’s Wine Awards 2020 Double Gold Medal!