Today I sing the praises of Seghesio Family Vineyards 2014 Zinfandel – a truly indulgent Zinfandel that will enliven a mid-week meal, add calm and comfort to the work week, and just make you feel good all around for drinking it.

This is another ode to the half-bottle. Oh how I love thee during my mid-week wine adventures. And with all the wine tasting I’ve been doing lately, I’ve actually become quite picky with what I drink — even if it is a “daily drinker.” With the half bottle, it’s all about quality, not quantity. Yes, that’s a cliche phrase, but it’s true. And the quality of Seghesio’s Zinfandel was quite a pleasant surprise…

About the Wine: Bare bone facts here: The Seghesio Family Vineyards come from the heart of Sonoma County from various lots dedicated to the Zinfandel grape. According to their site, the best of these grapes are  used to produce the elegant Zinfandel reviewed here, along with a small amount of Petite Syrah (which certainly explains the deep, dark, indulgence of this wine). 14.5% ABV

Flavor Profile: Personal note: Zinfandels are hard for me. I’ve had quite a few that are either too bold in tannins or just have no depth whatsoever. Not the case here.

In the glass, the wine is a beautiful inky-purple-red color and emits a nose of a bush full of berries straight-away. The palate of the wine does not disappoint expectations. Flavors include dominant blueberry and boysenberry notes, nicely rounded out with a subtle oak or wood essence in the background. Tannins are definitely present, but controlled enough not to overpower on the tongue and certainly not enough to call the wine dry. In fact, overall, the wine is quite juicy and jammy. I would say the tannins are medium and acid low — a well-rounded, full-bodied, and fun wine that feels good going in and going down.

Food Pairing: Pizza. Just pizza all day long. Something about the fresh basil, ripe tomatoes, and earthy mushrooms play right into those brambly bush berries found in the wine. Of course any other Italian fare would also pair quite nicely — I just really like this wine with pizza.

More Info: Personally, I purchased this half-bottle at my local Whole Foods for $14.99. To learn more about Seghesio Family Vineyards and their wines, visit their website.

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