Sonoma County Zinfandel, 2018
Deep ruby in colour, with lifted aromas of cedar, clove and juicy blackberry fruit. Wild raspberry, plum and sweet spice emerge on the richly textured palate, tempered by supple tannins and fresh acidity. This is a well-balanced and elegant expression of Zinfandel.
Meet the maker: Seghesio Family Vineyards
Region: Sonoma, California – USA
Grape(s): Zinfandel (88%), Petite Sirah (9%), Carignan (1%), Other Red Grapes (2%)
14.8% ABV / 750ml / Vegetarian
The grapes were primarily estate-grown from the Home Ranch, River Road, Lone Oak and San Lorenzo vineyards in Alexander Valley, the Russian River vineyards and the Cortina vineyard in Dry Creek Valley.
Careful canopy management was maintained throughout the season. Yield management techniques (including green harvest) were employed to ensure even ripening and to keep crop loads in balance.
The grapes were hand harvested and sorted as clusters and berries before being transferred to a mix of open and closed top fermenters with various forms of cap management.
Fermentation took place on the skins from 7-12 days before being transferred to barrels.
The wine was aged for nine months in 77% American (10% of which was new) and 23% neutral French oak barrels.