Seghesio Family Vineyards is nearly synonymous with Zinfandel. Winemaker Andy Robinson crafts several unique wines from across Sonoma County, striving to express the range and depth of Zinfandel at its very best.
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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.
Third and fourth generations Ed and Ted Seghesio planted Chen’s Vineyard in 1972 using a proprietary clone that thrives in the sandy soils along Dry Creek. Much of the fruit goes into our popular Cortina Zinfandel, but we reserved fruit from two special blocks for our limited Chen’s Zinfandel. Within these blocks are just a few rows of vines planted directly along the river that produce truly rarified Zinfandel, deserving of a special and singular bottling.
The core of this blend comes from Chen's Vineyard, planted in 1972, in addition to other quality Dry Creek Valley vineyards. This wine is named after the gravelly loam soils prevalent up and down this AVA. The flavor profile tends toward red fruit with balanced acidity and soft tannins - a uniquely elegant expression of Zinfandel.
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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.
In 1895 newlyweds Edoardo and Angela Seghesio purchased their first home in the western benchland of Alexander Valley. Sensing the land had great vineyard potential, Edoardo planted a field blend of Zinfandel, and thus began our family's legacy as vintners in Sonoma County. This site-specific Zinfandel comes from blocks 2 through 7, representing some of Home Ranch's most exceptional and oldest vines from Edoardo's original planting.
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Fourth and fifth generation Seghesio family members, Jim and Ned Neumiller, father and son growers, have been working with the Maffei family for a few years to secure fruit for a single vineyard wine from head-trained heritage selection blocks planted in 1928 and 1942. They work hand-in-hand with the original owners’ granddaughter Joanne Maffei. Just like the Seghesio family, she is a passionate steward of the 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.
In our quest to produce benchmark Zinfandels, we have enthusiastically expanded our reach beyond Sonoma County to craft exceptional wines that offer counterpoint expressions of this beloved varietal. With renowned Zinfandel vineyard sites in premier growing regions across California, this pursuit led us to our first bottling from the high coastal mountains of Mendocino County.
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.
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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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.
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.