Must Try Wine of the Week: Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma County 2012, Sonoma County, California

How long has it been since you’ve had a really good zin? Well, this week’s recommendation is a fabulous example of what people used to (and still can) love about zinfandel.

I’ll get to the wine momentarily, but first a bit of history. The Seghesio family has been around since the 1880s, when Edoardo Seghesio immigrated from Italy to Sonoma County. While working as a winemaker at Italian Swiss Colony (that’ll take you back in time), he married and bought 56 acres of prime vineyard land in Northern Alexander Valley. Over the next half a century, five additional vineyards were acquired and by the mid-‘70s, the family was producing wine from 50 percent of the red grapes grown in Sonoma County and selling it to large wineries like Martini and Almaden. In the mid-‘80s, they began to produce wines under their own family label, and began concentrating on small lot, high quality production in the early ’90s, just in time for the big California zin craze.

This 2012 version brings back all the beautiful fruitiness that makes zinfandel such a delicious drinking wine. There is a brambly sweet spicy black raspberry scent in the nose. The palate is filled with sweet ripe dark fruit, with nuances of rose petal, a touch of vanilla, and some very fine-grained tannins. The wine is superbly balanced through the long and very tasty finish. This pairs nicely with nearly any grilled meat—or grilled vegetables, for that matter. Making meatloaf with mashed potatoes? Look no further!

Available at Wine Exchange, The Wine Club, and Best Wines Online, for about $20.