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2011 Sebastiani Zinfandel, Sonoma County

2011 Sebastiani Zinfandel, Sonoma County

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A palate filled with forward raspberry fruits, white pepper spiciness and a long finish of crushed pepper and black tea.

Winemaker Notes
Medium crimson in color, this medium bodied Zinfandel displays a palate filled with forward raspberry fruits, white pepper spiciness and a long finish of crushed pepper and black tea. The nose is swarming with berry fruits and cedar-like aromas. - Mark R. Lyon, Winemaker
Food Pairing Notes
A perfect wine to enjoy now with your friends and family or paired with a tender beef wellington for an exciting twist.
Composition
86% Zinfandel
9% Petite Sirah
4% Syrah
1% Malbec
Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Zinfandel
Appellation
Sonoma County
Harvest Date
September 28 - October 26, 2011
Acid
0.60 g/100ml
pH
3.76
Aging
15.5 months
Aged in new, one- and two-year-old Hungarian and Russian oak
Bottling Date
March 2013
Alcohol %
14.60
Production Notes
Sonoma County is among the finest regions in the United States for Zinfandel. The core of this wine comes from three of the best AVAs for this quintessential American grape: Dry Creek (benchland, terra rosa), Alexander (gravelly alluvial), and Russian River Valleys. The Petite Sirah blended with it comes mainly from Stanislaus County, which excels in Petite Sirah production.

The 2011 vintage was a cool one. A late start to the season was followed by low temperatures throughout the year. A delayed set and mid-June rains ensured low crop levels for most varieties. The cool weather and low yields worked well for Zinfandel which we picked on September 28 through October 26, 2011. The subsequent rain storms that hit Northern California had little impact on our vineyards, and we were able to harvest the remainder of our fruit by the end of October.

Harvested in small lots, the grapes were allowed to cold soak up to three days before fermentation. They were inoculated with yeast strains specifically that enhance the raspberry fruit and fermentation completion. The wine was pressed off slightly sweet to avoid excessive tannins. The individual lots were racked off the lees and re-racked into both new, one- and two-year-old Hungarian and Russian oak barrels. It was aged for nearly 16 months in barrels. Any lighter Zinfandel lots were blended with Stanislaus Petite Sirah early on.
Production
3,800 cases produced. Release September 2014.