Seghesio Defiant 2016 | Stunning 92pt Red at Super Bargain Price
Seghesio Defiant 2016 pours a Dark purple-ruby at the core with ruby highlights at the rim. Yet, the fruit profile is dark and warm. Plus, with gobs of spicy black plum, blackberry, and dark cherry. In addition, notes of cracked pepper, dried violets, and rich tones of raw chocolate and vanilla bean. While, the mouthfeel is round and supple with silky tannins and a smooth velvety finish. Drink now – 2025.
So, Seghesio Defiant 2016 is a blend from old bush vines in the Alexander and Dry Creek valleys. And farmed by the Passalacqua and Saini families. While It feels plush and saturated with foresty fruit. Then, the wine remains light and easy. Most of all, a clean, classical Sonoma County red to pour for lamb chops grilled with rosemary.
Defiant is named as an homage to the spirit of the Seghesio family (and based on a toast to founding matriarch Angela Seghesio), which Wine Spectator says “embodies the rise of Sonoma’s wine industry.” Their origin story is straight out of American folklore.
Edoardo Seghesio left Piedmont, Italy in 1886 and settled in the Italian Swiss Colony nestled in Sonoma County. In 1893 he wed Angela Vasconi, the niece of the Colony’s manager. The couple purchased 56 untouched acres in northern Alexander Valley two years later, and the family has methodically expanded their holdings to include some of the most extraordinary Zinfandel parcels in Sonoma County.
Seghesio Family Wines
Seghesio stands apart because of the stellar estate they’ve built over a century-plus in Sonoma County: the River Road, Lone Oak, and sprawling Home Ranch Vineyards in Alexander Valley, Montafi and Keyhole in Russian River, Chen’s in Dry Creek Valley—the list goes on, and it means Seghesio has a direct line to first-class Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Alicante Bouschet. And since the wine gets its brooding depth and sturdy backbone from one-third Cabernet Sauvignon, it certainly doesn’t hurt that Seghesio can source from their neighbors in Alexander Valley, Sonoma County’s ground zero for the King of Grapes.