Special times call for special wines. Go beyond the ordinary, everyday wines to highlight an occasion. Splurge a little. For New Year’s Eve, I decided to open a bottle I had been saving for a while. I wanted to celebrate the last day of the year with a wine that reminded me of good times. I chose to open the bottle of Seghesio Rockpile Zinfandel 2008.
I purchased the bottle at the winery in Sonoma. It was one of the wineries my mother and I visited during our trip to Napa and Sonoma in August of 2010. Each year we go on a mother/daughter trip and that year I took her to my favorite US destination. I call it my “Adult Disneyland”. I am like a kid in a theme park there. I will go to as many wineries as I can each day. Yes, I start tasting wine at 10am as soon as the wineries open. And no, I do not drink and drive. That is what those spit buckets are there for….to be able to taste and to be safe.
The Seghesio Rockpile Zinfandel is big and bold. It has deep flavors of black raspberries and cherries. The minerality from the Rockpile AVA is very distinct. This zinfandel is full-bodied, juicy, complex, and not too tannic. Unfortunately, the 2008 is not showing available for purchase on the Seghesio website. They are offering the 2009 vintage for $38 plus shipping. Worth every penny. I rarely spend that amount of money on a bottle of wine. I would again for this zinfandel.
What is one of your favorite special wines? Did you enjoy one during the holidays? It sure does add to a celebration. Be sure to splurge some during the year. We can all use a little something special from time to time. Cheers!