`Cortina` Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

Sonoma County


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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The fruit comes from Cortina, a dry-farmed, low vigor vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, plus another planted in 1942. Cortina is the name of the dominant soil type of the area, a gravelly loam. Standard viticultural procedure for old vine Zinfandel was followed, including green harvesting in June. Late season canopy work was performed on the morning-side of the canopy and crop thinning was performed at 80% veraison. The yields average 1.5 tonnes per acre.

Vintage Information

Overall, 2009 was a nearly ideal growing season with gradual ripening due to cooler temperatures with daily minimums below the 30-year average. Tannins and flavours developed slowly without the usual heat spikes, but a very warm September punctuated the vintage by bringing the fruit to full ripeness. The grapes were hand harvested between 12th September and 11th October 2009.


100% punch-down fermentation in small six tonne open top fermenters was used, with a total maceration time of 10-13 days. Wines finished alcoholic fermentation and underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel. The wine was aged for 15 months in 75% French oak of which 31% were new barrels, and 25% American oak.

Tasting Notes

The bright nose mingles enticing aromas of dark cherry and black raspberry. Upfront fruit appeal is well-supported with underpinnings of complexity and slight white pepper spice. A soft entry develops into a warm, full mid-palate. The finish strikes ideal balance of tannins, fruit and acidity.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2009
Grape varieties 100% Zinfandel
Region Sonoma County, California
Winemaker Ted Seghesio
Alcohol (ABV) 15%
Acidity 5.91g/l
Residual Sugar 1.02g/l