2017 Sebastiani Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County
93 Points - Wine Advocate
Our 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is dark ruby red in color. A bouquet of black currant and dark cherry are complemented by notes of tobacco leaf and espresso. The palate is a beautiful compilation of black cherry interlaced with graphite and bergamot tea. Soft tannins and a moderate acidity lead to a lengthy finish of dried herbs de Provence and cola berry. -David Nakaji, Winemaker
79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Malbec
October 18, 2017
14 months in French oak barrels, 1yr old
The fruit was cold-soaked after harvest to build richness and flavor. All of the grapes were fermented warm and had little press wine added back to avoid any green, astringent flavors. All lots were racked off the lees and put into French oak barrels (1 year old) for 14 months of aging. A careful assemblage was carried out the following spring to seamlessly marry the Cabernet Sauvignon (79%) and Malbec (21%). The wine was bottled in June 2019.
e 2017 growing season started off with record setting rainfalls, delaying bud break from years past. Spring and summer experienced a mixture of foggy, warm and windy conditions. The summer months were moderately warm allowing the grapes to mature at an ideal pace. Extreme heat spikes at the end of August to early September pushed harvest ahead of schedule. The fruit for this wine was picked on October 18, 2017.