2016 Sebastiani Gravel Bed Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley
93 Points - Robert Parker
Our 2016 Gravel Bed Cabernet Sauvignon is dark crimson in color with fragrant notes of black currant, dark cherry, tobacco leaf and espresso. Expressive flavors of black cherry, interlaced with graphite and bergamot tea dominate the palate. Additional flavors of Herbs de Provence and cola are met with moderate acidity, smooth tannins and a long, satisfying finish. Enjoy after 1 hour of decanting, or cellar for years to come.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
14 months in 41% new French oak
After harvest, we cold soaked a number of the lots to maximize color and flavor extraction. All of the grapes were fermented warm and the light press portion was also incorporated and added more tannin and richness. e wine was aged in French oak barrels with 41% New Saury and DJ French oak and the remainder in one-year-old French oak barrels. After 14 months of aging, it was then bottled in July 2018.
2016 produced exceptional quality fruit in Alexander Valley. Warm temperatures in late winter and early spring pushed bud break ahead of schedule. A little unsettled weather during berry set led to some reduced yields, but overall we came in at the low end of average. e summer months were moderately warm with few heat spikes. Overall, the mild season gave us wines of ample ripeness and great complexity. We harvested our Gravel Bed Cabernet Sauvignon on October 16, 2016.