2015 Sebastiani Zinfandel, Sonoma County
Our 2015 Sonoma County Zinfandel is opulent with a beautiful deep ruby hue as you pour it into the glass. Concentrated aromas of raspberry and white pepper offer a bold, fruit forward and spicy nose. These notes carry through to the palate with juicy flavors of raspberry, blackberry, plum and white pepper. The finish has a full body with sleek tannins that balance out the lush, berry texture.
Food Pairing Notes
This wine can be enjoyed now, and pairs well with hearty pastas or a wood-fired sausage and pepper pizza.
99.8% Zinfandel, .2% Petite Sirah
September 25, 2015
Aged 9 months in new and used American oak barrels
Harvested in small lots, the grapes were allowed to cold soak up to three days before fermentation. They were inoculated with yeast strains speci?cally 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 one, two and three-year-old American oak barrels where it was then aged for 9 months.
Sonoma County is among the finest regions in the United States for Zinfandel. The core of this wine comes from two of the best AVAs for this quintessential American grape: Dry Creek Valley (benchland, terra rosa) and Alexander Valley (gravelly alluvial). A small amount of Petite Sirah from Sonoma Valley adds structure, color and complexity. 2015 was another dry vintage throughout winter and spring. The season began with an early bud break that led to lighter yields. Evenly warm temperatures in summer followed by a warmer than average fall resulted in fruit driven flavors and even ripening. The unseasonably high temperatures in August and early September accelerated maturity and picking times with harvest occurring September 25, 2015. Overall, quality was high across the board.