2015 Seghesio "Cortina" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1371607 94 points Wine Spectator

 Epitomizes Dry Creek Zinfandel, with expressive and briary raspberry, mineral and white pepper flavors that open to elegantly complex cherry, sweet anise and dusty sage notes that persist toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2026. (TF)  (6/2018)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Zinfandel Cortina (100% Zinfandel) offers a redder fruited, spice-driven style as well as medium-bodied richness, a light, elegant texture, and beautifully integrated acidity. It drops off slightly on the finish, but shines for its purity, elegance, and charm, and is certainly worth seeking out.  (6/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Zinfandel Cortina is medium garnet-purple in color with a seducing nose of lilacs, rose hip tea, dusty soil and garrigue over a core of kirsch, baked raspberries and mulberries plus a touch of baking spices. Big, rich, full-bodied and equally seductive in the mouth, it has a firm frame of grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing long and spicy. (LPB)  (6/2018)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Both aggressively fruity and fairly complex with accents of dusty soil, graphite and tailored oak sweetness evident in both its well-defined aromas and ripe, but not overbearing flavors, this year's Cortina is a big, beamy wine that is as open and inviting as it is so very rich. As with the best of its siblings, it serves as convincing proof that high ripeness and balance are not mutually exclusive, and, while slightly supple and not built in a way that suggests a need for long-aging, it has fine potential for a few years of positive growth. Drink it now if you choose, but know that it is in no danger of fading away any time soon.  (6/2018)


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Varietal:

Zinfandel

- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.8