The Pearl comes from the oldest vines planted near the Russian River, north of Healdsburg, from vines mentioned in an 1896 deed still framed in the Seghesio house.
The Pearl 2017, San Lorenzo Estate Heritage Vineyard
When my great grandfather, Francesco Passalacqua purchased this vineyard in 1896 with ten gold coins he earned working in Californiaâ€™s goldmines, the deed made reference to a young zinfandel vineyard. That vineyard I still tend today. In fact, walking the vineyard I realized it is not simply Zinfandel so I enlisted the expertise of Dr. Andy Walker from UC Davis to help me identify the abundance of varietals. We discovered our own gold mine. While this century old field blend is almost 70% Zinfandel, the remainder boasts not only Zinâ€™s usual companions, Petite Sirah and Carignane but also Grand Noir, Alicante, Negrette and Mataro. My mother cherished this original block of San Lorenzo. In her honor, we call it THE PEARL.
Varietal Composition: 69% Zinfandel, 5% Carignane, 15% Petite, 10% mixed reds.
2016 Vintage rated 97 pts Wine Spectator (highest rated Zinfandel Blend in the history of the magazine)
2015 Vintage rated 95 pts Wine Spectator View review here.