2016 Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel

SKU #1362464 93 points Wine Spectator

 Plump and loaded with rich, jammy fruit, this Zinfandel is a pleasure to drink. Bold accents of wild berry, spicy cinnamon and licorice glide dynamically toward plush tannins. Drink now through 2025. (TF)  (6/2018)

K&L Notes

Zinfandel is the one varietal wine of which Californians can say for sure, “we grow it better here!” Over the past 100 years, the Seghesio family of Sonoma County has had a hand in the wine industry in some form or another. The 2016 is another in a long line of consistent, bold, ripe Zinfandels from this property. This wine will pair surprisingly well with food, so don’t be afraid to serve it for your holiday meals!

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By: Sean Reilly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/3/2019 | Send Email
I recently had the pleasure of revisiting the 2002 vintage of this American classic and I was absolutely blown away. It showed no signs of age whatsoever. That bodes extremely well for this vintage, as it shows greater potential. This is my favorite under $20 bottle in our inventory.
Drink from 2019 to 2036

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/20/2019 | Send Email
I have sold this wine over the course of 30 years now. Some vintages are better than others, and I find this one of their best! Great value and classic Sonoma County Zinfandel.

By: Jeffrey Markavage | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/1/2019 | Send Email
Seghesio has been my go-to Zin for as long as I can remember. The 2016 Sonoma county delivers for the money and then more. The 16 is classic California Zin with everything from wild brambly fruit up front to lovely bbq spices on the back. Makes me want to drive somewhere warm and get the barbie going.

By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/26/2018 | Send Email
Seghesio's Sonoma Zinfandel is easily one of the best Zinfandels at this price point. Sourcing from all over Sonoma including Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley, this wine is nicely balanced with black and red fruits and lovely spice. A touch of Petite Sirah is added to amp up that classic California Zin character. Pair it with your barbecued meats this summer and you won't be disappointed!

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/26/2018 | Send Email
One of the most consistently delicious Zinfandels out there. Seghesio's 2016 bottling is right on the money. Perfectly ripe, juicy, lush Zin flavors but without seeming heavy or jammy. Pure fruit, lovely balance, incredibly versatile food wine...maybe the ultimate summer BBQ grillin' wine?
Top Value!

By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2018 | Send Email
One of the best Zinfandels in store pound for pound. Aromas of ripe berries, plums, and dark cherries. The palate expresses quintessential ripe dark fruits and subtle stone fruits. Along with balanced acidity, this is everything you come to expect from Sonoma Zinfandel and done fantastically at such a great price.
Top Value!

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/3/2018 | Send Email
This Seghesio Zin has long been a customer favorite and it's easy to see why. This vintage is as good as ever, with classic Zin aromas and flavors and enough lift to keep it from falling into jammy territory. Consistency has served these guys well and is a great go-to for Summer BBQs.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/3/2018 | Send Email
I find Seghesio to be one of the most reliably good producers of Zinfandel in the state. Their regular Sonoma County offering is a huge success in 2016, with plenty of wild, dark, brambly fruit and great spice. It is low in tannin, but has good zip on the back end, and I can't wait to crack it open with a big rack of pork ribs!

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- 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.

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.


- 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.
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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