Sebastiani Merlot 2009

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Dark Ruby in color with aromas of bourbon soaked cherries, earl grey tea, and candied orange peel, our 2009 Napa Merlot has flavors of fresh Bing cherries, cinnamon tea, dried strawberries, and soft French oak with subtle hints of vanilla and rhubarb.

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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
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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.00 5
06/17/2012

Big sour cherry and oak spice on the nose. Ink, kirsch and light hints of tomato. On the palate, it's bold and dry. Currant, herb, spice and oak vanilla. Creme de cassis liquer. Feels thick in the mouth and is big and lush. Great for steak. Oaky finish. 6/2/12


Snooth User: DCStar
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3.50 5
05/14/2014

Mellow!


External Reviews for Sebastiani Merlot

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
04/11/2013

Sebastiani Merlot has all the signature attributes of solid Merlot including black tea, dried herbs, black cherries and wild berries. It is ripe without being over-ripe. The new oak barrels add notes of espresso and mocha to the nose plus sweet vanilla to the palate.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
07/31/2013

In keeping with previous vintages, our 2009 Sonoma County Merlot offers the pure, ripe (not overripe) fruit of California with the restraint and balance of a fine Pomerol. The nose begins with dried herbs, black tea and cherries, and finishes with lightly-toasted oak, coconut and toffee. The flavors are full, forward and rich. While it drinks well now, it will continue to improve over the next few years. ~ Mark R. Lyon, WinemakerComposition:84.5% Merlot4.9% Cabernet Sauvignon4.3% Petit Verdot3.7% Syrah2.4% Petite Sirah.2% mixedCooperage: 9½ months in American and Hungarian oak barrelsAlcohol: 13.95%TA: 0.55 g/100mlpH: 3.66


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/21/2014

In keeping with previous vintages, our 2009 Sonoma County Merlot offers the pure, ripe (not overripe) fruit of California with the restraint and balance of a fine Pomerol. The nose begins with dried herbs, black tea and cherries, and finishes with lightly-toasted oak, coconut and toffee. The flavors are full, forward and rich. While it drinks well now, it will continue to improve over the next few years. ~ Mark R. Lyon, WinemakerComposition:84.5% Merlot4.9% Cabernet Sauvignon4.3% Petit Verdot3.7% Syrah2.4% Petite Sirah.2% mixedCooperage: 9½ months in American and Hungarian oak barrelsAlcohol: 13.95%TA: 0.55 g/100mlpH: 3.66 ** SOLD OUT **



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Dark Ruby in color with aromas of bourbon soaked cherries, earl grey tea, and candied orange peel, our 2009 Napa Merlot has flavors of fresh Bing cherries, cinnamon tea, dried strawberries, and soft French oak with subtle hints of vanilla and rhubarb.

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