The best wines I have tried have most often resulted from someone’s recommendation, and that is the case with this week’s wine, the 2013 Seghesio Zinfandel from California’s Sonoma County. My advice: get to know your local wine merchant, the wine person at a restaurant you like, or even someone online. Tell them what you like, and ask if they have any recommendations. I talked with a sommelier about finding a good Zinfandel at $20 or less, and he suggested three, all of which were good, but this was my favorite.
Seghesio Family Vineyards is nearly synonymous with Zinfandel, and has been since the late 1800s! Credit founder Edoardo Seghesio for having the foresight to plant some of the first Zinfandel vines in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley in 1895. Those old vines produce some incredible wines!
I don’t know how many bottles of Seghesio I have tried, but each has been excellent. Pull the cork and you’ll find nice aromas of plum and red berries, bold raspberry flavors, some cinnamon, mocha, and peppery finish, all in balance! This has become my go-to Zin, even though it’s a little more expensive than I prefer (around $20), but for a premium Zin of this quality it’s worth it.
On my five-cork scale based on taste and value, the 2013 Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel gets 4 corks!
If you’d like to try interesting wines like this, please join me at our next private wine party coming soon! Every month I host a three course wine dinner, featuring delicious wines expertly paired with small plate meals prepared by a master chef. There are always cool prizes to win, too. Listen Wednesdays at 4:15 for more details!