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Sebastiani Merlot Sonoma County 2015

Member Review by rckr1951:

Pretty pedestrian wine effort. This does have merlot blend structure and there is the dark berry fruit, earth and tannins, acidity all on par with a $13 merlot. 83 points - drink now - Paul

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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: rckr1951
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Vintage: 2013 08/24/2017

Pretty pedestrian wine effort. This does have merlot blend structure and there is the dark berry fruit, earth and tannins, acidity all on par with a $13 merlot. 83 points - drink now - Paul


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Source: We Speak Wine
05/23/2018

Vineyards: Sonoma County has a long history of producing lush and structured Merlot. Our 2015 Merlot features fruit from great vineyards in the Sonoma Valley such as Weiler, Lyon, Glen Oaks, Marioni, Hoagland, Cherryblock and Mission. For added depth and flavor, a percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma was added to the final blend. Vintage: 2015 was a fantastic vintage producing high quality fruit. It began with an earlier than average bud break and an intense, compacted harvest beginning earlier than average as well. The high temperatures in August and early September accelerated maturity and picking times. We picked all grapes by September through early October 2015. Overall, this was an early and light harvest with smaller berries and concentrated flavors that produced exceptional quality fruit. Winemaking: After a three-day cold soak, we crushed and fermented the fruit at relatively warm temperatures—for maximum extraction in stainless steel tanks for 10-15 days. Early blending helped integrate and balance the wine’s aromatics and flavors. Nine months of maturation in a combination of Canton-American oak barrels brought additional structure and complexity to this Merlot. Winemaker’s Notes: This 2015 Sonoma County Merlot boasts fruit forward multi-dimensional flavor for instant enjoyment. It is a dark garnet red color with herbal, tea-like aromas. The palate is bursting with classic red fruit flavors, cocoa powder and a hint of black olive. The flavors integrate seamlessly on the palate leading to an herbal finish, all wrapped up in a nice acidity. Pair this Merlot with roasted lamb over a bed of wild rice. Composition: 87% Merlot 13% Cabernet Sauvignon Cooperage: 9 months in new and one-year-old Canton-American oak barrels Alcohol: 14% TA: 0.63 g/100ml pH: 3.53


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 12/15/2016

Vineyards: Sonoma County has a long history of producing lush and structured Merlot. Our 2014 Merlot features fruit from great vineyards such as the Cherryblock, Hoagland, Mission, Marioni, Glen Oaks, Casper, and Chalk Hill Vineyards in the Sonoma Valley. For added depth and flavor a small percentage of Malbec and Petit Verdot fruit from the Central Coast are blended in as well. Vintage : 2014 started out with a mild winter and spring, which caused early bud break. Set was complete by mid-May in a scene similar to last year’s growing season. Moderate temperatures and dry conditions led to even ripening and moderated yields. Overall, a ripe, fruit forward vintage with a more soft tannin profile. The grapes were harvested on September 8th through October 10th at optimum ripeness under clear night skies. Winemaking: After a three-day cold soak, we crushed and fermented the fruit at relatively warm temperatures—for maximum extraction—in stainless steel tanks for 10-15 days. Early blending helped integrate and balance the wine’s aromatics and flavors. Nine months of maturation in a combination of Canton-American oak barrels brought additional structure and complexity to this Merlot. Winemaker’s Notes: The 2014 Merlot is dark garnet red in color. This wine is swarming with wonderful notes of herbal, tea-like aromas as well as classic red fruits, black/dark cherry, and hints of black olive. The mouth is filled with rich flavors of black cherry, black tea, and cocoa powder. It finishes with good acidity and lingering tapenade and herbal flavors. A true Merlot varietal wine, this will pair well with a roasted leg of lamb and garlic mashed potatoes topped with sautéed mushrooms. - David Nakaji, Winemaker Composition: 88.3% Merlot 10.5% Malbec 1.2% Petit Verdot Alcohol: 13.8% TA: 0.55 g/100ml pH: 3.63


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Vintage: 2013 02/20/2016

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
Vintage: 2013 05/28/2016

Vineyards: Sonoma County has a long history of producing lush and structured Merlot. Our 2013 Merlot features fruit from great vineyards such as the Cherryblock, Hoagland, Mission, Marioni, and Sangiacomo Vineyards in the Sonoma Valley. For added depth and flavor a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Ruby Cabernet and Petit Verdot fruit from the Alexander Valley, Lodi, and Chalk Hill AVAs are blended in as well. Vintage: 2013 was the warmest vintage in a long time; a fantastic year! It started out with early bud break in March, followed by early flowering of Merlot in May. Summer was consistently warm, but there were not any major heat spikes. August was typically foggy and September came in warm and dry. We harvested with riper fruit and expressed a more fruit forward style. The grapes were harvested September 19th to October 24th at optimum ripeness. We harvested all of the grapes under clear night skies. Winemaking: After a three-day cold soak, we crushed and fermented the fruit at relatively warm temperatures—for maximum extraction—in stainless steel tanks for 10-15 days. Early blending helped integrate and balance the wine’s aromatics and flavors. Eleven months of maturation in a combination of Canton-American, Hungarian and French oak barrels brought additional structure and complexity to this Merlot. Winemaker’s Notes: The 2013 Merlot is dark garnet red in color. The nose is swarming with wonderful notes of light oak, shaved coconut, dried leaves, olive and tapenade. The palate is delicious with fruit forward blackberry and black cherry fruit followed by lingering black tea and damp earth. Due to the warm season, there is good acidity and more tannic structure that balances out the riper, more generous fruit. Definitely a richer, more full-bodied style Merlot. Pair this beauty with a grilled flank steak and red garlic mashed potatoes. - Mark R. Lyon, Winemaker Composition: 82.5% Merlot 7% Malbec 6% Ruby Cabernet 2.5% Cabernet Sauvignon 2% Petit Verdot Cooperage: Aged 11 months in new and one-year-old Canton-American, Hungarian and French oak barrels Alcohol: 13.8% TA: 0.57 g/100ml pH: 3.68



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