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Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery Sonoma County Chardonnay 2016

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Fruity nose with apple accents; apple, pear flavors with some butterscotch; medium finish.

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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 Sonoma County Chardonnay

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Snooth User: martins2002
2776574,837
2.50 5
Vintage: 2011 05/22/2015

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: GBooton
36150057
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 02/24/2013

Cheap good everyday they have at Randalls on sale sometimes


Snooth User: calywa
9256772,504
2.50 5
Vintage: 2008 02/24/2013

ok


Snooth User: cjcribb
282534134
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 06/10/2011

Lovely little Chard - that made my list of the Top 5 Value Wines for the VIP Movie Theater! Good tropical fruit, some vanilla and toasty roasted nut aromas with a little buttery note. Sebastiani is right on for varietally correct, lithe Chard that is not over the top!


Snooth User: wynkop
14940058
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 01/09/2011

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: dynowine
3956231,323
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 09/15/2010

Elegant and pleasant. Bottle open about an hour. Light faintly spicy cooling nose. In the mouth silky or creamy but not glycerin-ish with ripe just slightly sweet fruit (a mix of light lemon, nectarine, and golden apple) with a smooth and fading finish. Dryish to off-dry. Body medium, acid medium.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,575
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 10/29/2008

Apples, spice, mineral. Nice


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External Reviews for Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery Sonoma County Chardonnay

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Vintage: 2012 07/16/2015

Fruity nose with apple accents; apple, pear flavors with some butterscotch; medium finish.


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Vintage: 2012 07/16/2015

Pure, with ripe apple, pear and melon flavors that are easy to enjoy. Drink now. 64,680 cases made.


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Vintage: 2012 01/20/2015

Winemaker’s Notes: Our 2012 Sonoma County Chardonnay is a rich gold color with beautiful aromas of lemon curd, modest yellow apple, and caramelized vanilla. It’s a medium bodied wine that rests nicely on the palate, exuding flavors of bright apple and butterscotch, and finishes with round notes of toasted oak from the barrel fermentation. This is a nice wine that is perfectly balanced between bright citrus fruits and oak flavors. - Mark R. Lyon, Winemaker Vineyards: For more than four decades, Sonoma County has been one of the premier regions in California for Chardonnay. Our multiplicity of climates and soils provide a broad range of sites perfectly suited for this noble grape. Taking full advantage of this diversity, our 2012 Sonoma County Chardonnay features fruit from the Russian River, Carneros, Sonoma Valley, Chalk Hill, and Alexander Valley. Vintage: From start to finish, 2012 was finally our most normal, seasonal vintage since 2007 in Sonoma County and a great year for Chardonnay! The first grapes were picked on September 26th, with harvest lasting all the way through October 22nd. The fruit from this vintage reached full maturity, developing into a medium, juicy berry size. We harvested all of the grapes under clear, night skies. Winemaking: We hand-picked and whole-cluster pressed the grapes, and then racked roughly half of the juice into barrels for primary and malolactic fermentations. The remainder of the fruit was tank fermented at cooler temperatures to preserve the bright fruit and firm structure. After fermentations, 66% of the wine was aged in new and used French, Hungarian, and American oak barrels for 10 months. The rest was kept in stainless steel tanks to help balance out the wine. Composition: 98.8% Chardonnay 0.2% Rousanne 0.2% Viognier 0.8% Mixed Whites Cooperage: Aged 10 months in new and used French, Hungarian, and American oak barrels Alcohol: 13.9% TA: 0.5 g/100ml pH: 3.54


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Vintage: 2011 02/04/2014

Light gold. Aromas and flavors of melon and peach, with a subtle leesy note and a touch of tarragon. Dry and slightly hard-edged, finishing with good grip and lingering spiciness.


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Vintage: 2011 02/04/2014

Sonoma County is one of the premier regions in California for Chardonnay. Hand-picked and whole cluster pressed. Elegant and reserved, featuring citrus, green apple, vanilla, caramel and a dollop of toasty oak. Understated, balanced and refreshing.


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Vintage: 2011 12/06/2013

Our 2011 Sonoma County Chardonnay is one of the most elegant and reserved Chardonnays we have ever produced. It features citrus, green apple, vanilla and caramel in the nose with a dollop of roasty/toasty oak on the palate. It is an understated, balanced and refreshing wine that pairs beautifully with food. - Winery


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Vintage: 2010 02/09/2013

Overall, this is one of the most balanced, complex and delicious Sonoma County Chardonnays we ve produced in years.


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