Guest Author - Jim Fortune
Zinfandel Sonoma County 2007
Seghesio Family Vineyards, Healdsburg, CA
15.5% Alc by Vol $20.99
Seghisio Family Vineyards
Shortly after I got back from my New Mexico wine trail trip last October, my favorite wine retailer told me "I have an outstanding Zin that you have to try. Don't ask me what the price is, just buy it." She had it on sale for $20.99 and since I was trying wines in that price range I went ahead and got a bottle. "Do you want to get two just in case?" I only got the one. I have been burned in the past and I did not want to spend $20 and find out that the bottle was not to my liking and get stuck with it.
I took the bottle home and put it in my cellar. If you have read any of my previous articles about cellars or about my wine cellar in particular you have an idea where I put it. Your First Wine Cellar . It has been sitting there in my cellar for about four months and I decided this past weekend to give it a try.
Every Friday night for as long as I can remember we always have salmon. Usually we put it out on the grill even if it is -5º F outside like it has been lately. Wild, farm-raised, North Atlantic, Chile, Pacific Northwest, it makes no difference. We buy whatever is on sale and grill it up - once in a while we will broil it inside, if it is really cold outside.
I got out my fancy wine glasses that I always use on the first tasting of any wines we are tasting and popped the cork. I took a sniff and it hit me - Raspberries. There was a hint of some other berry or fruit but I could not make it out. But the raspberries were what I noticed right off the bat.
The color was rich and the first taste was almost jammy. There was a hint of oak but only a hint and not a smell that would remind you of chewing on an oak tree limb. It was there but was very light.
Overall, I really enjoyed this wine. As I mentioned above, I purchased this wine in October on sale for $20.99 and shortly after the purchase I got a call from my favorite retailer who asked if I had gotten the latest Wine Spectator magazine. I had not. "Check out the next issue for the Top 100 of 2008 Wine List and look to see what wine is #10!!", she told me.
You probably guessed it. This wine made it in the Top 100 of 2008 wine list published by Wine Spectator. You can read about #10 on the Top 100 List by clicking the link. The price on the Seghesio web site is $19.20 but you have to be a member of the wine club to get the member only price. If you are interested in joining the wine club, more information is available here .
If you want to see my bottle label you can check it out here Jim's Seghesio label .
Let me know what is on your mind, and how you are doing, O.K.?
Jim Fortune - Bella Online Wine Guy
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