Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel Sonoma 2013


Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel Sonoma 2013


Accolades - 92 Points & Cellar Collection, Wine Enthusiast

90 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Winemaker Notes: Deeply perfumed aromas of dark berries and old vine Zin’s intrinsic briary spiciness. Layered bright fruit flavors reminiscent of a rich berry pie with a toasted crust Old vine Zinfandel’s complex spice undertones. Low yields in the vineyard preserved the vibrant natural acidity and balanced tannins. Long, persistent finish.

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Our Old Vine Zinfandel blends vineyards planted on the Dry Creek bench and the cooler southwest Alexander Valley. Although “old vine” is often loosely interpreted in the wine industry, our benchmark is minimum 50 years. However, the average age of our vines is approximately 70 years old. True old vine Zinfandel is distinguished by head-trained vines with thick, gnarled trunks and is planted with ancient clones dating back to the turn of the century.

VINEYARDS This wine comes from the old head-pruned vineyards in Alexander and Dry Creek valleys farmed by the multi-generational Passalacqua and Saini families for Seghesio. The older vines devigorized root system produces less, yet more intense, fruit highlighting Zinfandel’s briary spice characteristic.

VINTAGE The 2013 growing season began early with hardly any rainfall and few significant heat spikes. These ideal grape growing conditions produced wines with a great balance of acidity and sugar, good tannin structure, and excellent fruit flavors.

VINEYARD REGIME Our standard, rigorous farming protocol was performed: shoot suckering, canopy leafing, weak shoot fruit removal, removal of all touching clusters, veraison thinning and, finally, a post-veraison touch-up pass.

FERMENTATION REGIME Small-lot, open-top fermentors with punch-down maceration by hand. Total maceration time 9 days. The free run wines were barreled down to complete primary fermentation and undergo malolactic fermentation in barrel. The lots were racked twice prior to bottling.

VARIETAL COMPOSITION 93% Zinfandel, 7% Petite Sirah