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2017 Sebastiani Merlot, Alexander Valley

2017 Sebastiani Merlot, Alexander Valley

92 Points - Wine Advocate
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Bold dark berry and cherry aromas followed by a savory background

Ratings

92 Points - Wine Advocate

Winemaker Notes

Dark red in the glass, our 2017 Alexander Valley Merlot is rich, displaying bold dark berry and cherry aromas followed by a savory background. French vanilla and rich chocolate notes fill the nose. On the palate, juicy bright cherry flavors are complimented by warm vanilla and baking spices that create a long and lingering finish.

Composition

100% Merlot

Wine Specs

Vintage
2017
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Alexander Valley
Harvest Date
September 20 through October 18, 2017
pH
3.45
Aging
18 months in French oak, 30% new
Bottling Date
June 2019
Tannin
0.69 g
Alcohol %
14.1
Wine Advocate
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 concentration. The wine was aged for 18 months in 30% new French oak barrels.

Vineyard Notes

The Alexander Valley is located north of the town of Healdsburg in Sonoma County. It is one of the warmer AVAs in the region making it the perfect spot for red Bordeaux grapes. The majority of the fruit for our 2017 Merlot comes from the Lyon Vineyard in the Alexander Valley. The fruit comes from well drained, alluvial soils located next to the Russian River in the northern Alexander Valley. This adds concentration and distinct minerality notes.