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Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Valley 2006

Member Review by dynowine:

Nose is almost intense and like a Super-Tuscan. Distinct cherry fruit and dusty leathery aromas with hints of floral perfume. Lively acid on the attack with rich ripe layered cherry and cassis, some smokey notes with bit of mineral stone and fuzzy tannin. Finish fades slowly of same. Delicious. Not a fruit bomb. Dryish. Body medium plus, acid medium, tannin medium.

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Sebastiani Vineyards:
With over a century of winemaking experience in Sonoma, Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery focuses on crafting small lots of super-premium wines from the great growing regions of Sonoma County, becoming one of California’s most highly praised and awarded wineries for its Bordeaux and Burgundian varietals. With the spotlight on single vineyards and specific sub-appellations such as Sonoma Valley, Al... Read more
With over a century of winemaking experience in Sonoma, Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery focuses on crafting small lots of super-premium wines from the great growing regions of Sonoma County, becoming one of California’s most highly praised and awarded wineries for its Bordeaux and Burgundian varietals. With the spotlight on single vineyards and specific sub-appellations such as Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Carneros and Russian River Valley, Sebastiani produces wine under the Sonoma County, Appellation Selection and Proprietary Selection designations. Founded in 1904 by Samuele Sebastiani, the winery is best known for its Cherryblock Cabernet Sauvignon, one of Sonoma County’s most coveted wines. The winery is located just blocks from Sonoma’s historic downtown plaza and offers historical tours as well as extensive picnic grounds and hospitality venues. Sebastiani is Sonoma’s only continuously-operated, family-owned, century-old winery. In today’s era of mergers and consolidation, it is particularly proud of its family heritage. In 2001, case production was significantly reduced to 100,000 cases per year: producing only one brand, Sebastiani, exclusively from the great winegrowing regions of Sonoma County. The fermentation cellars were rebuilt from the ground up, utilizing state of the art equipment which allows for gentle handling of fruit and must and fermentation of small lots of wine from specific vineyards and vineyard blocks. The resulting wines are receiving unprecedented critical acclaim and are in high demand. Growing production incrementally to meet demand without sacrificing quality, the winery’s current production is 300,000 cases a year. Sebastiani’s most famous wine, the Cherryblock Cabernet Sauvignon, is complemented by the highly acclaimed blended red wine Secolo, the limited production Appellation Selection wines and a line of Sonoma County varietals which offer extremely high quality and exceptional value. Tasting Room Open seven days a week, 10:00-5:00 p.m. Read less

Member Reviews for Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Valley

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Snooth User: dynowine
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4.00 5
09/15/2010

Nose is almost intense and like a Super-Tuscan. Distinct cherry fruit and dusty leathery aromas with hints of floral perfume. Lively acid on the attack with rich ripe layered cherry and cassis, some smokey notes with bit of mineral stone and fuzzy tannin. Finish fades slowly of same. Delicious. Not a fruit bomb. Dryish. Body medium plus, acid medium, tannin medium.


Snooth User: David Kohl
31364270
0.00 5
09/12/2010

This is a very dark wine with aromas of dark fruit - blackberries, dried cherries, and slight touches of vanilla with some hints of cassis and tanned leather. The tannins are light and acidity relatively low, which results in a medium bodied, well balanced, and very silky feel. Pair this food-friendly Cab veal or other simply-prepared meats.


Snooth User: Nick75
263791233
3.00 5
10/13/2009

For a mass produced cab, this is solid. Year-over-year delivers a bright, fruity and enjoyable wine.


Snooth User: iamcanadian
11468559
3.50 5
10/23/2010

One of my Fav under $20 bottles. Yet to find something that comes close.


Snooth User: rohi
59393258
3.00 5
11/28/2010

We didn't like it when we first tried it. It was too dry, not fruity enough, kind of simple. We went away for a long weekend and five days later, found that we had left some in an open bottle in the fridge. Surprise! Five days later it was better!? Tasted more fruity, some distinct pepper. Maybe it just tasted better because it was cold. In any case not a great Cab, bit not bad. I'll give it a three. At ten dollars it would be a great Cab. At fifteen, about as good as you'll find for a $15 Cab. Would not pay more than that. Rated a three.


Snooth User: nkhosla
34422238
3.00 5
01/02/2010

A little smokier than my personal taste


Snooth User: redwoods03
34453529
4.00 5
01/02/2010

I liked this cab, especially for it's price-$16. I'd give it a B+.


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External Reviews for Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Valley

External Review
05/19/2011

This yummy Sebastiani is an excellent example of what California brings to the table when you talk about cabernets. It has wonderful aromas and flavors of dark berries which really jump out at you. And the deep dark ruby color shows the great strength and richness of this wine. This is a great value and would go well with any red meat dish.


External Review
05/19/2011

Sebastiani did fine work with their 1999 Sonoma Cab, which offers up tasty blackberry and clove flavors, and supple tannins that carry the fruit and spice without giving much resistance to their primacy.


External Review
05/19/2011

Wonderful core of pure, rich, mint-laced blackberry and black cherry fruit is sharply focused, rich and concentrated, offering a sense of elegance and finesse. Finishes with integrated tannins and a touch of mocha-laced oak. Drink now through 2008.


External Review
05/19/2011

Firm, with a tight, focused band of currant, anise, cedar and tobacco that unfolds gracefuly, revealing subtle naunces and excellent depth and concentration. Best from 2005 through 2011.


External Review
05/19/2011

What a nice wine, so easy to drink, you might miss the complex nuances. It's very soft and lush, with well-ripened flavors of currants and cherries, and a hefty dose of oak. This lush Cab has a classy depth and elegance.


External Review
05/19/2011

Refreshingly classy depth and complexity can be found in this affordable Cabernet. Big, ripe red fruits and a firm backbone of tannin and oak, yet it is so easy to drink you may miss all of these intricacies and fall in love with it... just because. Soft, luxurious flavors of red currants, blackberries and black cherries allow this modestly-priced red to stand in a class of its own.


External Review
05/19/2011

With a dark garnet color, this wine opens with Bing cherry and blackberry aromas, laced with subdued oak. Black cherry fruit and leafy, tea-like flavors gush over the palate. Less tannic, this elegant Cabernet has a beautiful softness on the finish. This wine pairs nicely with steaks and sharp cheeses.


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