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Sebastiani Zinfandel Sonoma County 2009

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This is an opulent, approachable Zinfandel with plum and raspberry jam aromas topped with coffee and toasted oak. Theflavors are bold, spicy and ripe with dollops of raspberries, blackberries and vanilla. The finish is structured with ample acidity and sleek tannins. While this displays much of the power and ripeness of the vintage, it is still a beautifully balanced wine.

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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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External Reviews for Sebastiani Zinfandel Sonoma County

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
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: We Speak Wine
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: We Speak Wine
01/03/2013

This wine opens with tea and cranberry aromas layered with mocha and vanilla. The palate is lush, fruity and juicy with raspberry, crushed black pepper and balancing acidity. While the 2009 Zinfandel is absolutely enjoyable upon release, it will gain bottle bouquet and aromatics over the next three years. ~ Mark R. Lyon, WinemakerAppellation: Sonoma CountyComposition:79% Zinfandel17% Petite Sirah2% Syrah2% BarberaCooperage: Aged in new, 1- and 2-year-old Hungarian Oak for 12 monthsAlcohol: 14.6%TA: 0.65 g/100mlpH: 3.54


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

This wine opens with tea and cranberry aromas layered with mocha and vanilla. The palate is lush, fruity and juicy with raspberry, crushed black pepper and balancing acidity. While the 2009 Zinfandel is absolutely enjoyable upon release, it will gain bottle bouquet and aromatics over the next three years. ~ Mark R. Lyon, WinemakerAppellation: Sonoma CountyComposition:79% Zinfandel17% Petite Sirah2% Syrah2% BarberaCooperage: Aged in new, 1- and 2-year-old Hungarian Oak for 12 monthsAlcohol: 14.6%TA: 0.65 g/100mlpH: 3.54 ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

Appealing for its smoked pepper and black cherry aromas as well as modest plum and roasted anise flavors. Drink now through 2016.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

The core of this wine comes from 3 of the best AVAs for this American grape: Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley. Palate is lush, fruity and juicy with raspberry, crushed pepper and balancing acidity. Aged in new and used Hungarian oak.



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This is an opulent, approachable Zinfandel with plum and raspberry jam aromas topped with coffee and toasted oak. Theflavors are bold, spicy and ripe with dollops of raspberries, blackberries and vanilla. The finish is structured with ample acidity and sleek tannins. While this displays much of the power and ripeness of the vintage, it is still a beautifully balanced wine.

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