Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Valley 2002

Winemaker's Notes:

Winemaking We crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks (7-15 days), using Fermivin and Fermirouge yeasts. The wine finished malolactic fermentation in the tanks, then we racked it into barrels from November 2003 until April 2004. It was aged in mostly American Oak barrels for 12 months. We extracted the wine from barrel at the end of the summer in 2004 for assemblage. We blended in small amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel in order to soften up the palate and make it more aromatically complex. The end result is a wine with well-balanced tannins, nice upfront fruit and a nice soft finish. Winemaker’s Notes With a very dark garnet color, this wine offers ripe, opulent black cherry fruit, for which our Sonoma County Cabs are known. The cooler vintage provided us a wine with finesse, elegance and intoxicating aromatics, akin to a Bordeaux from the Medoc. The nose is filled with brown sugar and blackberry aromas topped with coconut and vanilla from the oak regime. The blackberry continues on the palate and carries through to the finish. This wine will definitely improve with age; however, it is incredibly “drinkable” now and hints at being an earlier maturing wine. Technical Data Appellation Sonoma County Composition 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Zinfandel Cooperage Aged 12 months in mostly American oak barrels Alcohol 13.5% TA 0.54 g/100ml pH 3.78

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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 Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Valley

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Snooth User: drj102
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5.00 5
09/24/2008

One of my favorite wines of all time!!! Amazing finish and every time I open a bottle I realize what Cab should taste like!!!


Snooth User: mkd247
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4.00 5
07/24/2009

Four glasses



Winemaking We crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks (7-15 days), using Fermivin and Fermirouge yeasts. The wine finished malolactic fermentation in the tanks, then we racked it into barrels from November 2003 until April 2004. It was aged in mostly American Oak barrels for 12 months. We extracted the wine from barrel at the end of the summer in 2004 for assemblage. We blended in small amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel in order to soften up the palate and make it more aromatically complex. The end result is a wine with well-balanced tannins, nice upfront fruit and a nice soft finish. Winemaker’s Notes With a very dark garnet color, this wine offers ripe, opulent black cherry fruit, for which our Sonoma County Cabs are known. The cooler vintage provided us a wine with finesse, elegance and intoxicating aromatics, akin to a Bordeaux from the Medoc. The nose is filled with brown sugar and blackberry aromas topped with coconut and vanilla from the oak regime. The blackberry continues on the palate and carries through to the finish. This wine will definitely improve with age; however, it is incredibly “drinkable” now and hints at being an earlier maturing wine. Technical Data Appellation Sonoma County Composition 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Zinfandel Cooperage Aged 12 months in mostly American oak barrels Alcohol 13.5% TA 0.54 g/100ml pH 3.78

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