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Seghesio Family Vineyards

cellar selections

After each release of a new vintage, we set aside a few cases – for our own research into the effects of winemaking variables over time, and to be able to delight customers who seek more bottle age for peak drinkability. These treasured wines aged in ideal cellar conditions are called “Cellar Selections,” and below are a few we have made available for online ordering. If you would like assistance placing your order, or are interested in discovering more limited offerings from our cellar, please contact us at website@seghesio.com or 707-260-0936.

 

The Burnside Road Vineyard in Russian River Valley is a cool, marine-influenced site with undulating slopes that are often fog-covered in the mornings and late afternoons. Farmed by the Martinelli family, who have grown grapes in Sonoma County since the 1880’s, Burnside features the Russian River’s prized Goldridge soils, a sandy loam that is particularly well draining. Our grapes come from a northeastern-facing slope; a cool spot where the Pinot Noir ripens at a gradual pace.

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SKU: SFPNBN13B

In the early 1900s, Seghesio Family Vineyards began purchasing fruit from growers in Dry Creek Valley in recognition of the area’s great potential for Zinfandel. Our Dry Creek Valley appellation Zinfandel is sourced from some of the valley’s best benchland sites as well as from the estate-farmed Cortina vineyard, named for the dominant soil type of this area. Cortina is a gravelly loam that contributes to Dry Creek Valley’s reputation as one of the finest places in the world to grow Zinfandel.

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In 1893, newlyweds Edoardo and Angela Seghesio purchased their first home in Alexander Valley. As winemaker for the most prominent winery in Sonoma County, Edoardo recognized great vineyard potential surrounding the modest home. In 1895, he planted the Home Ranch vineyard and began the Seghesio tradition of Sharing Uncommon Ground.

 

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We named this wine Il Cinghiale — wild boar in Italian — for a reason: brawny and rich, it evokes untamed forest, an open fire and roasting meat. Petite Sirah was first introduced in California in 1878, mistakenly as Syrah. Growers recognized the error and soon began calling the newcomer Petite Sirah for its small berries and low yields.

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In 1975, Ed Seghesio co-fermented an equal blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane for his own consumption. When the Seghesio family released the first wines under their name in 1983, Ed’s blend was bottled and released in honor of his beloved wife, Fay Marian. It was at Fay’s urging that their sonTed became the family’s fourth-generation winemaker. To showcase the varietal characteristics of these remarkable old vines while honoring his mother, Ted began producing Marian’s Reserve again in 2004.

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SKU: SFRBMR11B
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Planted in the 1880s, Monte Rosso — Italian for “red mountain” — is rooted in the iron-rich, volcanic soils of the Mayacamas Mountains 1,000 feet above Sonoma Valley on the western facing ridgeline. Atop the ridge, there is a constant breeze that often whips into a strong wind, accentuating the cool climate of Sonoma Valley. This venerable site’s head-pruned vines are renowned for their intensely flavored, complex Zinfandel.

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SKU: SFZNMR12B

Carignane is one of the world’s most widely planted varietals, prominent in Southern France, the United States, Israel, Northern Africa and many former Soviet countries. It is one of the wine industry’s favorite blending wines and a staple in our old vine plantings of Zinfandel. Like most grape varieties, Carignane vines evolve into something very special at about 50 years of age. This wine displays the character and complexity inherent in mature vineyards.

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SKU: SFCNOV11B
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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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SKU: SFZNPA12B

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