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Date Printed: 10/25/2014
Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 1999
Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 1999
(search item no. 45181)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $25.19

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Each harvest we produce several lots of old vine zinfandel from upper Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley's benchlands and Russian River Valley's high plains. These devigorized, low-yielding vines link our family's trade from its very beginnings to today. They personify perseverance, character, and a sense of place.

1999 is a vintage to remember. A very even growing season (not too hot, not too cold) slowed the rate of maturation and left the fruit hanging until a timely heatspike in late September fully ripened the fruit. Long hang times under favorable climatic conditions are the cornerstones for successful zinfandel production. Deeply colored fruit, exhibiting old vine zin's tantalizing black raspberry and black cherry fruit explosion and indigenous dark spice and briery notes. Lush, harmonious, and penetrating.

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About Seghesio Family Vineyards:

Established in 1985, when Edoardo Seghesio planted his first Zinfandel vineyard in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley, Seghesio Family Vineyards produces wines that honor the history of Sonoma and the Seghesio family. Seghesio Family Vineyards' 300 acres in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys represent some of the oldest vineyards and proprietary clones. With a passionate belief that wine is made in the vineyard, Seghesio pairs a century of experience on these treasured sites with aggressive farming techniques. True to their oldest plantings, Seghesio concentrates on Zinfandel, Italian varietals and Pinot Noir. Ted Seghesio is the winemaker.