2016 Sebastiani Cherryblock Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley
94 + Points - Robert Parker
After harvest, the grapes were crushed, de-stemmed and hand sorted using our“micro-crush” equipment to eliminate any stem pieces (jags) and botrytised berries.We also did a cold soak and saignée to enhance color and concentration. After pressing,each lot was blended or egg-white fined depending on characteristics. The wine was aged for 14 months in French oak barrels, 77% of which were new.
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 3% Malbec
Since its creation, Cherryblock has been our flagship wine at Sebastiani. The majority of the fruit (85%) came from our original Old Vines block of Cabernet Sauvignon planted in 1961.The wine also features a portion of fruit from younger vines on our estate. Small amounts of Malbec and Merlot were sourced from nearby sites with similar climates and soils.Our goal is to create a benchmark Cabernet that possesses the elegance, structure and terroir-driven aromatics only found in Cherryblock.