Don Sebastiani & Sons Merlot Napa Valley Aquinas 2004

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More residual sugar than you'd expect in a merlot, but surprisingly tasty. Medium body, major Plum backbone, some smoke and dried herb action on the back end. Also got a hint mineral and an interesting fat component (not buttery though ... not sure what to call it). Not profound, but super tasty.

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Don Sebastiani & Sons:
  To Don Sebastiani and Sons, family is clearly an important aspect of winemaking. While Don Sebastiani and Sons wasn’t founded until 2001, Samuele Sebastiani created a winery in 1904, and started growing the company, as well as the town of Sonoma. Over the years, the winery changed hands many times, but it always stayed within the family. By 2000, the winery was producing eig... Read more
  To Don Sebastiani and Sons, family is clearly an important aspect of winemaking. While Don Sebastiani and Sons wasn’t founded until 2001, Samuele Sebastiani created a winery in 1904, and started growing the company, as well as the town of Sonoma. Over the years, the winery changed hands many times, but it always stayed within the family. By 2000, the winery was producing eight million cases of wine a year. However, at that time, Don Sebastiani sold many of the assets and kept only the family brand and the Sonoma winery and vineyards. Though he stepped down as CEO and Chairman in 2000, that wasn’t the end for him. In 2001, he and his sons, Donny and August, founded Don Sebastiani and Sons, eventually growing production back up to two million cases annually. Today, Greg Kitchens and Michelle McClendon, winemakers for Don Sebastiani and Sons, strive to produce high-end wine at affordable prices. They don’t just source grapes from California - they’ve also formed partnerships to create Australian and Chilean blends, further expanding the company’s reach and complexity. Read less

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Snooth User: winethusiast
12138028
4.00 5
08/27/2009

More residual sugar than you'd expect in a merlot, but surprisingly tasty. Medium body, major Plum backbone, some smoke and dried herb action on the back end. Also got a hint mineral and an interesting fat component (not buttery though ... not sure what to call it). Not profound, but super tasty.


Snooth User: pampurred
9228020
2.50 5
10/13/2008

Two and a half glasses


External Reviews for Don Sebastiani & Sons Merlot Napa Valley Aquinas

External Review
Vintage: 2002 02/12/2009

Medium plum color, very intense aromas of blackberry, cocoa and cranberry. The palate opens with white pepper, cassis and rich black cherry notes. The long finish is supple with lingering boysenberry and wild strawberry flavors.



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