The Seghesio family are true veterans in the world of California wine. After all, they first planted vineyards in Sonoma County in 1895. Only in the last three decades, however, have they started estate bottling their own wines. Since then, they've established a reputation for classic, pliant Zinfandels, with intense dark berry fruit, hints of black pepper and spices, and oak in the background. The Seghesio's also produce several other bottlings, including Venom, harvested from California's oldest Sangiovese vineyard atop Rattlesnake Hill in the Alexander Valley. The pater familias, Edoardo Seghesio, saw the potential of this land, way back in 1910. Still, the best bottlings are unquestionably Zinfandels. At the top of the list are its three single-vineyard wines: Home Ranch, San Lorenzo and Cortina, plus the Sonoma County Old Vine, and Sonoma County bottlings. In 2011, the Seghesio's parted ways with over 100 years of family history, selling their brand, along with 300 vineyard acres, and the Healdsburg winery to the Crimson Wine Group. Despite the change in ownership, Pete and Ted Seghesio, CEO and winemaker, respectively, carry on in their roles, maintaining the legacy of their great-grandfather.