Must-Try Wine of Week: 2012 Seghesio Family Vineyards Sonoma Zinfandel

When you think of zinfandel, the name Seghesio invariably comes into discussion. Established in 1895, when Edoardo Seghesio planted his first zinfandel vines in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, Seghesio Family Vineyards has developed a reputation for outstanding zin.

Although the wine originated in Croatia, it has thrived in California, with a number of vineyards well over 100 years old. It’s become America’s signature red wine.

Every year, to craft his bottling, winemaker Ted Seghesio works with about 35 lots of zin averaging 25 to 30 years of age from both Alexander and Dry Creek valleys. A small amount of petite sirah is blended in for complexity. Although this is Seghesio’s entry-level zinfandel produced in large quantity, it is a standard-bearer for the varietal in California.

This wine is classic in its varietal character, with aromas and flavors of blackberry, black currant, black plum, licorice, and touches of oak-driven spice and vanilla. Soft, smooth, and juicy on the palate, it is a big, luscious wine, yet very easy to drink.

This is a perfect wine for Thanksgiving, pairing beautiful with turkey, stuffing, and many hearty side dishes. The wine’s balanced tannins will keep your palate fresh throughout the meal.

The 2012 Seghesio Family Vineyards Sonoma Zinfandel retails for $24, but is discounted by a number of Orange County retailers including Costco, and Hi-Time Wine Cellars.


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