Alexander Valley Sangiovese

Sonoma County

Seghesio

Now owned by Crimson Wine Group, who own Pine Ridge, Seghesio remains focused...

on its family roots with Ted Seghesio making better wines than ever before. The astonishing concentration of flavours that Seghesio achieve in their wines can be attributed to the age of the vineyards, some of which were established as far back as 1895. Italian consultant Alberto Antonini has assisted in improving the quality of their Sangiovese (which is sourced from the oldest vineyards of the variety in California) and his influence can also be seen in the ripe, juicy, approachable style of Zinfandel that has become Seghesio's hallmark. Displaying freshness, purity of fruit, balance and elegance that can be difficult to achieve with the variety, the Seghesio Zinfandels have scooped trophies and Gold medals at the Decanter World Wine Awards and International Wine Challenge for a number of recent years. Although best known for their reds, Seghesio also produces a delicious Arneis, another traditional Italian variety, which is sealed under stelvin to retain its superb aromatic character.

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Vineyards

The fruit for this wine comes from two of the estate vineyards - Home Ranch and Rattlesnake Hill in Alexander Valley. Aggressive hand canopy management was maintained on the vineyards and both a green harvest and veraison thinning were performed to ensure even ripening and to keep yields low.

Vintage Information

The 2011 vintage was a cold one, with a wet spring and cooler-than-average summer. Harvest began three weeks behind schedule, with the Sangiovese hand picked between the 27th of September and 13th of October.

Vinification

The grapes were sorted as whole clusters and gently de-stemmed on the sorting table. Whole berries were then sorted by hand to remove green material and bits of stems. The grapes were then crushed and fermented in small open-top, stainless steel tanks and punched down by hand. Maceration time varied from 8 to 12 days. The wine was aged in French oak barrels, 20% of which were new, for 15 months.

Tasting Notes

A bouquet of concentrated red fruit; raspberries and cherries with notes of anise. The palate begins cool, with nice acidity leading to a rich mid-palate. Fruit flavours and typical Sangiovese dusty tannins combine on the lingering finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2011
Grape varieties 100% Sangiovese
Region Sonoma County, California
Winemaker Ted Seghesio
Alcohol (ABV) 15%