Seghesio Family Vineyards is nearly synonymous with Zinfandel, and has been so ever since founder Edoardo Seghesio planted his first Zinfandel vines in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley in 1895.
“Pazienza, that was grandma’s favorite word -- Patience.” –Edward Seghesio
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Seghesio Family Vineyards has long been committed to sourcing the highest quality grapes from independent farmers tucked in unique corners throughout Sonoma County. Wolcott Vineyard, tended by the esteemed Bevill Vineyard Management, is known for quality and sustainability in Dry Creek Valley. After working with them for several years, we saw an opportunity in 2016 to bottle this exceptional wine under its own name as part of our Heritage Grower Series.
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The core of this blend comes from our Chen's Vineyard planted in 1972 in Dry Creek Valley. This site is named after the gravelly loam soils prevalent up and down Dry Creek Valley. Due to the prevailing afternoon breezes in Dry Creek Valley, the flavor profile tends towards red fruit.
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“Pazienza , that was grandma’s favorite word—Patience.”– Edward Seghesio With the core made from founder Edoardo Seghesio’s original planting in 1895, this wine is 120 years in the making. Home Ranch Zinfandel consistently receives high praise from the critics, allowing it to transcend the category into a world class wine that just happens to be made from Zinfandel.
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Jim and Ned Neumiller, Seghesio’s father-and-son winegrowers, have been working with the Maffei family for several years to secure fruit from head-trained heritage selection blocks planted in 1928 and 1942. They work hand-in-hand with the original owners’ granddaughter Joanne Maffei, who, just like the Seghesios, is a passionate steward of her family’s land—so much so that Ned considers Maffei to be among the most meticulously farmed vineyards he’s ever seen. “I swear Joanne has a name for every vine,” concurs Jim.
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Old Vine Zinfandel’s viticultural legacy in the Russian River Valley dates back to the late 19th century, when Italian immigrants settled there and planted Zinfandel. In 1916 one of these immigrants, Benito Montafi, planted a Zinfandel-based “field blend” in the high plains of the Piner-Olivet district, which has a long history of producing compelling old vine Zinfandels. For us, having produced Zinfandel for many years from the adjacent Vera Gold Vineyard, we were ecstatic when the opportunity arose to purchase Montafi in 2014.
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Our Old Vine Zinfandel blends vineyards planted on the Dry Creek bench and the cooler southwest Alexander Valley. Although “old vine” is often loosely interpreted in the wine industry, our benchmark is minimum 50 years. However, the average age of our vines is approximately 70 years old. True old vine Zinfandel is distinguished by head-trained vines with thick, gnarled trunks and is planted with ancient clones dating back to the turn of the century.
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Like the Seghesio Family, the Pagani’s have a history deeply rooted in Zinfandel. This wine comes form the storied Pagani Ranch in Sonoma Valley. The vineyard is completely dry farmed bringing a very deep root system that provides for a rich and nuanced structure to the fruit.
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The Rockpile Appellation, contiguous to Dry Creek Valley, is defined by ridgetops with elevations ranging from 800 to 2,100 feet above sea level. The appellation’s size is limited by its rugged terrain. Specializing in hearty red varietals, Rockpile is a perfect site to showcase Sonoma County as the world’s premier location for Zinfandel. Steep, well-drained hillsides with shallow, rocky topsoil provide for less vigorous vines, smaller berries and intensely flavored Zinfandel. The soils are generally comprised of loam to clay loam with a red brown color due to the higher oxidation. It is only 12 to 24 inches deep in the best of the viticultural locations.
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Each vintage, we harvest multiple diverse lots of Zinfandel that span the entire Sonoma County Zinfandel landscape. Each of these lots is produced under the careful eye of our winemaker, Andy Robinson. The best of these lots are selected to make Sonoma Zinfandel. A small amount of Petite Sirah is added to honor century old traditions and to provide color and structure. The result is a wine that offers tantalizing raspberry, blueberry, classic briary and spicy flavors with a balance of components for which Seghesio wines are known.
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In 2014, we jumped at the first opportunity to buy fruit from second-generation grape grower Ken Todd. First planted by their fathers in 1956 on benchland soils northeast of Geyserville in Alexander Valley, Todd Brothers Ranch produces highly sought after fruit through stringent viticulture practices and a precision symbiotic match between rootstock and soil.