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Sebastiani Sonoma County Zinfandel 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright ruby in color, your nose will delight in the raspberry and strawberry fruit aromas. The flavor offers pure raspberry fruit and nuances of cedar and vanilla oak. This wine is exceedingly elegant, and the lower alcohol level allows the purity of fruit to shine through. It is enjoyable in its youth, yet has enough structure to make it age worthy. Try it with any red-sauced pizzas, barbecued spare ribs, or Teriyaki shrimp.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Sebastiani Sonoma County Zinfandel

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,746
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 10/22/2010

A touch of bacon fat greets the nose on this darkly, briary fruited, yet somewhat indistinct nose. There’s some gentle oak influence obvious here and the fruit leans towards the spicy, jammy blackberry/mulberry end of the spectrum. In the mouth this does feel like a zin though with gently wooly tannins and good acidity supporting modest levels of dark, briary berry fruit with a hint of crasins around the edges. The wine finishes with a sweet jammy tone and nicely stiff tannins on the moderately long finish. 86pts


Member Reviews for Sebastiani Sonoma County Zinfandel

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Snooth User: calywa
9256772,167
1.50 5
Vintage: 2008 01/29/2012

I didn't really like this, though my fiance did. It was way too bitter for my tastes.


Snooth User: tuan
25136815
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 09/08/2009

Four glasses


3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 09/13/2010

Bright and a little spicy, good dark juicy fruit on the finish. A hint of sweetness, too.


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 09/13/2010

Delicate, currants, rich chalky. Amazing.


Snooth User: markt
19914011
0.00 5
Vintage: 2007 03/06/2011

yummy


Snooth User: EMark
8478046,882
4.00 5
06/25/2013

Very deep purple color in the glass. Very full nose--woody scents, some berry scentss, some alcohol. Very nice initial palate sensation. Some raspberry hints, some chocolate (???), some mint. Moderate acid, very moderate tannin. Very drinkable. US$19.99 at Wine Club in Santa Ana in 2009.


Snooth User: propp
70532157
2.00 5
02/08/2011

I won't buy again. Simply put, too mellow for me. I like big spicy zins, and this didn't do it for me. It does have a nice nose which is sort of deceptive, and a decent finish. But it lacks body, or I should say, has too-smooth a body for a zin of my liking. Maybe some like their zins mellow and smooth, but not me...I lke 'em bold and spicy with sharp lasting finishes.


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External Reviews for Sebastiani Sonoma County Zinfandel

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 12/11/2014

Winemaker Blend Notes: Dark purple hue with ruby edges, the 2012 Dry Creek Zinfandel has aromas of roasted walnut, black cherry, dried fig, Mexican dark chocolate, and sweet balsamic reduction. The flavors turn toward true Dry Creek nuances of dark currants, tart cherry, graphite, toasted hazelnut, blackstrap molasses, and finishes with rich tannins, espresso bean, dark caramel, and fresh cranberry. Food Pairings: The 2012 Plungerhead Dry Creek Zin is a big, extracted wine. A porterhouse steak topped with crispy shallots and a loaded baked potato, prime rib with all the fixings is another good choice, or leg of lamb roasted with Indian spices served alongside grilled root vegetables. Winemaker Sourcing and Harvest Notes: A warm 2012 summer gave birth to this massive Dry Creek Zinfandel, which comes primarily two blocks on the north end of the Dry Creek Valley. The fruit was allowed to hang until late October before picking, resulting in a wine of large structure and ripeness. To soften the tannin structure we added 12% Dry Creek Carignane to this blend. We also added 6% Lodi Zinfandel to boost the ripe cherry edge of this wine and finished with 2% Alexander Valley Syrah. The combination of these legs produced a blend with power and grace, which will age well for 3-5 years. - Winery Varietal: 86% Zinfandel 12% Carignane 2% Syrah Appellation: 92% Dry Creek Valley 6% Lodi 2% Alexander Valley pH: 3.66 TA: 6 g/L Alcohol: 14.5% Residual Sugar: 4.5 g/L


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 07/05/2013

Our 2011 Dry Creek Zinfandel is inky purple in color. The aromas show notes of dusty old Dry Creek terrior, candy cap mushroom, concentrated black raspberry, fig preserves, white pepper, and fresh baked cinnamon rolls. In the mouth, you will see flavors of sugar sweetened blackberries, cherry sorbet, cardamom spice, warm nutmeg, Madagascar vanilla bean, wild blueberry, and finishes with notes of fresh figs, thyme, blackberry cobbler, and southern sweet tea.This 2011 vintage has me thinking of smoked turkey legs with sweet potato French fries and fried okra. This blend is refined enough to pair with choice grade steaks as well as anything off the barbeque. Mediterranean fare would also pair well as would lamb dishes. Or try with a dessert course instead of port, with bittersweet chocolate mousse or a dark chocolate tarte with fresh whipped cream. - WinerypH: 3.67TA: 0.62 g/100mLsAlcohol: 14.5%Residual Sugar: 2.8 g/100mLs


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 04/30/2014

The wine is medium to dark crimson in color and displays more briary white pepper spiciness than in past vintages, with a background of cedar and coffee-like oak aromas. The palate is fruit forward, filled with raspberries and a long finish of crushed pepper and Earl Grey tea. This engaging, very appealing Zinfandel is primed to be enjoyed now. It does not display an excess of alcohol or wood and is a delicious and balanced wine that displays varietal complexities that are usually found in more expensive examples. ~ Mark R. Lyon, WinemakerComposition:79% Zinfandel15% Petite Sirah3% Syrah2% Malbec1% BarberaAlcohol: 14.75%TA: 0.62 g/100mlpH: 3.71


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 04/29/2015

The wine is medium to dark crimson in color and displays more briary white pepper spiciness than in past vintages, with a background of cedar and coffee-like oak aromas. The palate is fruit forward, filled with raspberries and a long finish of crushed pepper and Earl Grey tea. This engaging, very appealing Zinfandel is primed to be enjoyed now. It does not display an excess of alcohol or wood and is a delicious and balanced wine that displays varietal complexities that are usually found in more expensive examples. ~ Mark R. Lyon, Winemaker Composition: 79% Zinfandel 15% Petite Sirah 3% Syrah 2% Malbec 1% Barbera Alcohol: 14.75% TA: 0.62 g/100ml pH: 3.71


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2009 03/15/2012

Dark purple in color, this Zinfandel exudes aromas of jammy plum, dark raspberry, fresh tobacco leaf, sweet leather, and clove spice. The flavor profile is reminiscent of dark cherries, molasses, dried blueberries, and wild strawberry preserves finishing with notes of black tea, red currants, Asian spice, light caramel, and subtle Dry Creek earth. This wine is full of all the Zinfandel spice and notes that you expect from a quality Dry Creek Zinfandel. - Winery ** SDOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 09/27/2011

A decently made old-vine Lodi Zinfandel that's smooth and soft, with enough clove, cinnamon and brambly character to stand out and be paired with a range of smoked, grilled and marinated meats and other full-flavored food.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 09/27/2011

What an easy-drinking Zin, and it has real complexity, too. The flavors are of rich, chocolaty cherry, raspberry and blackberry flavors, with Zinny spices, while firm tannins and good acidity provide a rich structural balance. This is a lip-smackingly good Zinfandel.


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Bright ruby in color, your nose will delight in the raspberry and strawberry fruit aromas. The flavor offers pure raspberry fruit and nuances of cedar and vanilla oak. This wine is exceedingly elegant, and the lower alcohol level allows the purity of fruit to shine through. It is enjoyable in its youth, yet has enough structure to make it age worthy. Try it with any red-sauced pizzas, barbecued spare ribs, or Teriyaki shrimp.

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