#23 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013
Bright aromas of dark cherry and black raspberry. Upfront fruit appeal supported with underpinnings of complexity and slight white pepper spice. Soft entry develops into warm, full mid-palate. Finish strikes ideal balance of tannins, fruit and acidity.
Pair with herb-rubbed meats, spicy cuisine and hearty pastas.
"Big, very ripe and long on essential blackberry fruit, Seghesio’s Cortina bottling is a generously filled wine that succeeds on the strength of both balance and richness. It is quite full in body but is always alive, and its ample acidity affords it plenty of room for improvement with age. It shows a touch of last-minute heat as big Zins are wont to do, but, given a few years in which to fully knit, it promises to be an exceptional companion to a rich ragout of sausages or spicy pork stews. "
"Dark and intense, yet well-polished, with floral blackberry and pepper aromas and concentrated black cherry, bitter chocolate and black olive flavors that finish with muscular but ripe tannins. Needs time. Best from 2015 through 2022."
"As always, Seghesio’s Cortina is a rich, complex Zinfandel. It captures Zin’s briary, brambly, spicy personality, with dense, wild forest-berry fruit, yet manages to be elegantly compact and even Cabernet-like in its tannin structure. A very classy wine that deserves a spot on the best wine lists."