You might say Seghesio is the premier Zinfandel maker of California. Around 1980 they were responsible for the production of most of the red wine made in Sonoma County and most of that was Zinfandel. For the entire iconic Seghesio story, which is about as emblematic as any of California's giants, check out our V&C blogpost dated June 14, 2014.
Defiant is a new label from Seghesio released slowly through restaurants beginning in October of last year. It is a Zinfandel-based blend with Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Alicante and Syrah in supporting roles. Seghesio owns 315 acres in Sonoma Valley in three parcels located in Dry Creek, Alexander Valley, and the Russian River Valley. The Defiant label only says "Sonoma County" so it may be sourced from anywhere therein.
The name Defiant refers to the Seghesio family determination to succeed in this industry. Edoardo Seghesio emigrated from Italy in 1886, first apprenticing himself to Italian Swiss Colony before purchasing his own winery in 1902. Then he and his heirs gradually amassed vineyard land throughout the early twentieth century eventually becoming the largest operator in Sonoma in 1980. Significantly, they didn't start their own Seghesio label until 1983. They were solely grape farmers for the first eighty years. Angela Seghesio, the family matriarch at mid-twentieth century, is believed to be the inspiration for the mindset Defiant symbolizes.
From their website Defiant is characterized as "dark, savory, and bold". The nose shows "youthful blackberry, mocha, and spicy aromas". The taste shows "blackfruits, and pepper with savory notes". Now here is what our tasting panel thought:
Gin - "The peppery finish with a hint of mocha is evident in the tasting. It's rich without being overwhelming, with an interesting bite at the end. A smooth aftertaste, and something fascinatingly different in the realm of reds!"
Min- I like the rich full body taste. This would be a good wine with a good Italian meal or a good steak.
Mike - A nice Zinfandel blend that is not too "rasiny" tasting and soft tannins with a medium finish.
Doug- The construction industry is not dead. Clearly evident in this wine is the fine construction supporting the chocolate notes with the right balance of spice and robustness. This is a guys wine that will leave the women feeling warm and tingly. Nothing wrong with this experience - great start and smooth and strong finish.
Steve = Full body wine with a beefy finish! Good by itself or your favorite steak!