Seghesio Defiant Sonoma County Red Wine 2015

Seghesio Defiant Sonoma County Red Wine 2015


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This blend is a tribute to the history and strength of the Seghesio Family. At the winery’s centennial celebration in 1995, wine industry icon Mario Perelli-Minetti toasted founding matriarch, Angela Seghesio, and the “defiant” attitude with which she faced the industry’s challenges. With the Seghesio family’s conviction and determination, the winery survived prohibition and has been making wine continuously since 1895.

This is a blend of 43% Zinfandel, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Alicante, 9% Barbera and 8% Syrah coming from a collection of vines from Seghesio Family Vineyards Estate properties as well as from long-term growers.

2015 was one of the earliest harvests on record in Sonoma County. Although the summer was generally mild, spring’s dry warm weather accelerated vine development, ultimately producing smaller berries and concentrated flavors. Sustained warm weather coupled with depleted water reserves culminated with a furiously paced compact harvest that was completed before the end of September, producing a vintage of exceptional quality.

The wine is barrel aged 10 months in 25% new French and American oak and 75% neutral French and American oak.

Dark, savory and bold. Aromas of youthful blackberry, mocha and spice. Dense, ripe flavors of black fruits, pepper and savory notes on the palate. Soft tannins and a long, expansive finish.
Food Affinities: Lamb, game, stews, marinara sauce, polenta, mushroom and truffle pasta and hard, aged cheeses.

* 91 Points - Wine Spectator

Category Red Wine
Region California, Sonoma County
Brand Seghesio
Alcohol/vol 14.9%
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Wine SpectatorSavory black cherry aromas lead to well-framed flavors of sage and pepper. A new blend from this winery offers the zest of Zinfandel with the focus of Cabernet Sauvignon. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante, Barbera and Syrah. Drink now through 2027. 5,000 cases made.

Tim Fish, March 31, 2017