Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2003

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[$15] Spice and strawberry, with earthy undertones; balanced. Superior to the more expansive Carneros bottling.

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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 Vineyards & Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

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Snooth User: 97mjr
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03/04/2009

[$15] Spice and strawberry, with earthy undertones; balanced. Superior to the more expansive Carneros bottling.


External Reviews for Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

Black cherry is the strongest flavor, with black tea adding yet another element to this great wine. A hint of cola comes through on the soft and pleasing finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

Plenty of vanilla and cedary oak to overcome, but the ripe plum and black cherry flavors are up to the task. A hint of lavender and nutmeg adds a tasty dimension, and itrsquo;s hard to find a better value in Pinot Noir. Drink now through 2007.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

This is full and rich enough to appeal to merlot drinkers looking to switch to pinot noir. itrsquo;s clean, full of blackberry and cherry flavors, ready for a salad of duck confit.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

This is Syrah-like Pinot, rather heavy, but good. Itrsquo;s full-bodied, with good tannins and acids and is balanced and dry, with a touch of oak. Certainly shows off its California sunshine in the sweet finish, which is a swirl of cherries, blackberries and raspberries.




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