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Seghesio Cortina Zinfandel 2002

Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    In 1957, our family purchased 56 acres in the heart of Dry Creek alley. Since the early 1900s, our fathers had purchased fruit from rowers in this Valley and recognized the area's great potential for infandel. Here, late afternoon coastal cooling follows long hours f sunshine and enables the fruit to mature slowly during the ummer months. ortina, the dominant soil type of our vineyard, is a gravelly loam hat contributes to Dry Creek Valley's reputation as one of the finest places in the world to grow Zinfandel.

    "We know it takes superior fruit to make fine wine and that Mother Nature greatly influences the success of each vintage. In 2002, Mother Nature worked late to help produce exceptional fruit with intense varietal flavor. t harvest, deeply colored and evenly ripened fruit was macerated and fermented for optimal balance of fruitiness and tannin content. These astringent tannins decrease during aging adding suppleness to the wine. Cortina's indelible spicy, white pepper impression is intrinsically assimilated from the surrounding aura that resides over this site. Briery raspberries, cherries and currants emerge convincingly, adding dimension and interest."
    --- Ted Seghesio

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    Seghesio Family Vineyards

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    Seghesio Family Vineyards, Sonoma County, California
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    Established in 1895, 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.

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    A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties—they cover nearly double the vineyard acreage compared to whites.

    While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.

    The most famous region today, of course, is the acclaimed Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Bordeaux Blends garner global attention and in some cases, cult status.

    Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates with vineyards climbing up mountains, reaching far into valleys and stretching along some the state’s most dramatic coastlines. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon do well in its warmer locations.

    The Central Coast, Lodi and the Sierra Foothills also excel in the production of Zinfandel, and remain active new frontiers for Rhône and Spanish varieties.

    Mendocino in California’s cool North Coast region is a fantastic source of Pinot noir.

    Winemaking in California dates back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes. But the industry experienced its first boom with the Gold Rush in the last half of the 19th century when miners brought vines to the Sierra Foothills.

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