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2018 Sebastiani Cherryblock Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley (1.5L Magnum)

2018 Sebastiani Cherryblock Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley (1.5L Magnum)

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$275.00
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SKU: 101459

Great complexity, intricacy and sophistication. Intense, concentrated aromas of blackberry, vanilla and baking spices. Rich black fruit washes over the palate with complex layers of cedar and tobacco. Soft tannins and lingering notes of herbs and spice.

Winemaker Notes

The 2018 Cherryblock is a wine of great complexity, intricacy and sophistication. In the glass, the wine is deep purple with ruby highlights, and offers intense, concentrated aromas of cassis, tobacco and graphite. Flavors of black cherry fruit wash over the palate, with complex layers of cacao, cedar and tobacco. Full soft tannins complete the profile with lingering notes of herbs and spice. This wine is drinking well in its youth, but will improve over the next 10+ years.

Composition

94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 2% Malbec

Wine Specs

Vintage
2018
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Sonoma Valley
Acid
6.1 g/L
pH
3.56
Aging
18 months in 56% new French Oak
Bottling Date
July 2020
Alcohol %
13.90

Production Notes

The 2018 growing season was one of the mildest and smoothest in recent memory. Mild spring weather led to good fruit set in most varietals and moderate weather throughout the year made for ideal growing conditions. There were no major heat spikes, which gave us longer hang-time and great ripening on the vine. While a fairly long harvest, the 2018 crop delivered fruit with complex flavors and was of excellent quality. We harvested the fruit between October 4 – November 2, 2018 at optimum ripeness. After harvest, the grapes were crushed, de-stemmed and hand sorted using our “micro-crush” equipment to eliminate any stem pieces ( jags) and botrytised berries. We also did a cold soak and saignée to enhance color and concentration. After pressing, each lot was blended or egg-white fined depending on characteristics. The wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 56% of which were new.

Vineyard Notes

Since its creation, Cherryblock has been our flagship wine at Sebastiani. The majority of the fruit (74%) came from our original Old Vines block of Cabernet Sauvignon planted in 1961. The remaining 26% is sourced from fruit from the younger vines on our estate. Our goal is to create a benchmark Cabernet that possesses the elegance, structure and terroir-driven aromatics only found in Cherryblock.