`Cortina` Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

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 comes from Cortina, a dry-farmed, low vigour 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 procedures for old vine Zinfandel were 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% véraison. The yields average 3.7 tonnes per hectacre.

Vintage Information

The 2011 growing season was a classic one with slightly warm days/cool nights, low yields and just enough heat to ripen the fruit. Harvest took place from the 26th of September to the 17th of October. The resultant wines display elegantly concentrated fruit qualities, bright acidity and Seghesio's signature balance.

Vinification

100% punch-down fermentation in small six tonne open top fermenters was used, with a total maceration time of eight to twelve days. Wines finished alcoholic fermentation and underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel. The wine was aged for 14 months in 75% French oak of which 25% were new barrels and 25% neutral American oak.

Tasting Notes

Bright aromas of dark cherry and black raspberry. An upfront fruit appeal has a complexity and slight white pepper character. Soft, full-bodied and warming with a well balanced finish of tannins, fruit and acidity.

Vintage Information

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