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Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2012 [1.5L MAGNUM] (Sonoma County, California) - [WS 93] [RP 92] [WE 90]
Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2012 [1.5L MAGNUM] (Sonoma County, California) - [WS 93] [RP 92] [WE 90]

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Winery: Seghesio Family Vineyards
Varietal: Zinfandel
Region: Sonoma County, California
Vintage: 2012
Bottle Size: 1500 ml


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About this Wine:

At the turn of the 20th century, Zinfandel’s popularity was unrivaled as the primary grape for home and commercial use.

More than a century later, we are fortunate to still have some of these old vineyards. More than half of our 300 acres of vineyards are planted to Zinfandel, which includes some of the oldest plantings in the county. While the BATF governs most wine labeling, it has no classification for old vines. Our benchmark is 60 years and older. Something ethereal happens to Zinfandel with age. Younger vines can be pruned and thinned to mimic old vines, and while they can match old vines’ color and flavor, the distinctive palate weight and natural acidity is elusive to all but the most venerable Zinfandel vines.

The Sites:
This wine comes from old head-pruned vineyards in Alexander and Dry Creek valleys. The average age of these vines is approximately 90 years old. Older vines yield less fruit. However, the devigorized, low-yielding vines produce more intense fruit.

The Wine:
This wine combines spicy, lush black fruit from Alexander Valley with cooler Dry Creek Valley fruit that offers structure and Zinfandel’s classic briary and raspberry flavors. Each vintage, the best lots of Zinfandel over 60 years old are chosen to make this wine. Components of this blend come from Cortina, Home Ranch and San Lorenzo. The blend varies each vintage so that Winemaker Ted Seghesio can create the most complete wine possible.

Ratings & Reviews
93 Points - Wine Spectator:
"A winning combination of rustic richness and sleek balance. Aromas of briary wild berry and spicy mocha lead to dense, lay-ered flavors of black cherry, grilled anise and pepper. Drink now through 2022." — T.F. (Dec. 24, 2014)

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2012 Zinfandel Old Vine comes from vines that are at least 50-years-old. It offers oodles of black cherry and blackcurrant fruit along with spice box, pepper and fruitcake notes. Full-bodied, heady and complex, it is the most multidimensional of these 2012 Zinfandels. It is ideal for drinking over the next 4-5 years." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Dec 2014)

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Juicy, plummy and dusty, in well-integrated ways, this is a classically earthy old-vine Zin, with plush blueberry and blackberry on the palate that finishes rich in mocha and cinnamon. Medium in body and acidity, it’s approachable and enjoyable now." - Virginie Boone (6/1/2015)

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