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2016 Sebastiani Merlot, Alexander Valley

2016 Sebastiani Merlot, Alexander Valley

92 Points - Robert Parker
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SKU: 001345

Aromas of red currant, plum, peppery spice, and cedar. On the palate, fruit expressions of juicy raspberry and cherry are met with earthy notes of forest floor and dried herbs. A wine of intense concentration.

Ratings

92 Points Robert Parker - The 2016 Merlot, medium to deep ruby in the glass, radiates scents of warm plum, black and red cherries, milk chocolate, cedar and sweet spices with nuances of graphite and dried herbs. It's medium to full-bodied and lushly fruited, with a silky texture and great freshness on the long, chocolaty finish.
Awards
Gold Medal Winner - Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Winemaker Notes

Deep purple in the glass, our 2016 Alexander Valley Merlot displays aromas of red currant, plum, peppery spice, and cedar. On the palate, fruit expressions of juicy raspberry and cherry are met with earthy notes of forest floor and dried herbs. A wine of intense concentration, it is approachable now but will continue to develop and improve over the next few years.

Composition

100% Merlot

Wine Specs

Vintage
2016
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Alexander Valley
Acid
6.9 g/L
pH
3.56
Aging
13 months in 26% new French oak
Bottling Date
July 2018
Alcohol %
14.2
Robert Parker
92

Production Notes

After a three-day cold soak, we crushed and fermented the grapes in stainless steel tanks. After pressing, each lot was blended or egg-white fined depending on flavor, color, and tannin concentraion. The wine was aged for 13 months in new and one-year-old French oak barrels.

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. The summer months were moderately warm with few heat spikes. Overall, the mild season gave us wines of ample ripeness and great complexity.
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