`Home Ranch` Alexander 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 estate vineyard in Alexander Valley was planted in 1895 alongside the family home. The Seghesio viticultural team walk this venerable vineyard with willow switches tipping the canes to drive lateral growth into the vine's crown providing shade when the canes droop late in the season. Both a green harvest and a veraison thin are performed.

Vintage Information

The 2010 vintage was the coldest on record over the past 40 years. Cool, wet, foggy spring conditions lingered into summer, prompting growers to drop some of an already small crop. Canopies were opened to take advantage of greater fruit exposure to encourage ripening and to stave off mildew pressure. Significant sunburn occurred mid-August due to a heat wave and vines that were not accustomed to heat given the cool summer. An extra pass to remove this sunburned fruit was done on all blocks. The fruit was hand-harvested on 24th, 29th September and 2nd October 2010.

Vinification

100% small lot fermentation with daily punch-downs by hand to gently extract colour and tannin. An 8-12 day maceration followed fermentation before the wine was racked to barrel and aged for 11 months in 75% French, 25% American oak of which 25% was new.

Tasting Notes

Blackberry, raspberry and other brambly fruit characteristic of the Alexander Valley with subtle hints of oak, briary acidity and soft, ripe fruit tannins.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2010
Grape varieties 100% Zinfandel
Region Sonoma County, California
Winemaker Ted Seghesio
Alcohol (ABV) 15%
Acidity 7g/l
Residual Sugar 0.08g/l