- Established in 1865 when Eduardo Seghesio planted his first Zinfandel vine in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley, the Seghesio estate has gone on to make a name for itself for the quality of its wines and attention to detail. Located in Healdsberg in the heart of Sonoma wine country, the estate 121 hectares of vineyards located in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys planted to Arneis, Pinot Grigio, Muscat, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, Aglianico, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Despite the diversity of plantings, Seghesio are Zinfandel specialists with the variety accounting for 85% of their production and the wines winning many awards in local and international wine shows.
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.
This wine comes from the old head-pruned vineyards in Alexander and Dry Creek valleys farmed by the multi-generational Passalacqua and Saini families for Seghesio. The older vines devigorized root system produces less, yet more intense, fruit highlighting Zinfandel’s briary spice characteristic.
Small-lot, open-top fermentors with punch-down maceration by hand. Total maceration time 9 days. The free run wines were barreled down to complete primary fermentation and undergo malolactic fermentation in barrel. The lots were racked twice prior to bottling.
Region: Sonoma Valley, USA
91 Points - Wine Spectator
“Dense and rustic, with no shortage of personality. Aromas of dried cherry and smoky herb lead to dense flavors of briary plum, licorice and spiced sage. The tannins show roughness around the edges. Best from 2018 through 2025.”