Sonoma County Barbera

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

Fruit comes from Seghesio's Home Ranch vineyard which is located in the Alexander Valley. The grapes here benefit from the northern Alexander Valley's warm, dry days. Disposable canes are employed to devigorise vines and every effort is made to keep yields low. A green harvest removes touching clusters.

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 harvested by hand on the 8th September 2008. A ten day fermentation with regular manual punch-downs took place in open top fermenters. The wine was aged for 11 months in French oak barrels with 40% new oak.

Tasting Notes

The nose exhibits fresh cherry blossom aromas, delicately lifted by oak-imparted vanilla notes. Ripe blackberries and dried cherries on the palate are accompanied by a supple texture and balanced by Barbera's vibrant acidity. Spicy undertones add elegant complexity.

Vintage Information

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