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2016 Sebastiani Gravel Bed Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

2016 Sebastiani Gravel Bed Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

93 Points - Robert Parker
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Fragrant notes of black currant, dark cherry, tobacco leaf and espresso. Expressive flavors of black cherry, graphite and bergamot tea. Herbs de Provance and cola are met with moderate acidity, smooth tannins and a long, satisfying finish.

Ratings

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. "The medium to deep ruby colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Grabel Bed has a mineral-driven nose. With time, it opens to pure red and black cheeries, cassis, loamy earth and exotic spice notes with a spark of menthol. It's medium to full-bodied in the mouth, intense and grainy, with great freshness to lift the long, minerally finish."

Winemaker Notes

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.

Composition

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Specs

Vintage
2016
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Alexander Valley
Acid
6.5 g/L
pH
3.64
Aging
14 months in 41% new French oak
Bottling Date
July 2018
Alcohol %
14.9
Robert Parker
93

Production Notes

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.

Vineyard Notes

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.
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