2018 Sebastiani Gravel Bed Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County
Our 2018 Gravel Bed Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful representation of Sonoma County Cab. Aromas of clove, leather, tobacco and cassis lead to savory tapanade and red fruit flavors on the palate, finishing with bright oak. - Mark Beaman, Winemaker
88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec
16.5 months in 70% new French oak
The grapes were destemmed and crushed to tank for a two day cold soak prior to innoculation and a warm ferment to dryness. e wine was pressed off skins with a small amount of press going to tank for settling and then racking to a mixture of barrels and stainless steel tanks for malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged for 16.5 months in 70% new French oak prior to filtration and bottling.
This wine is a terroir driven Cabernet Sauvignon from gravelly, alluvial soils; very much like the gravel beds found from Pauillac in Bordeaux. The majority of this Cabernet Sauvignon came from the Lyon Vineyard, located along the Russian River in northern Alexander Valley. This site has lots of gravel and is grown on a Bordeaux Clone (#337). Our goal with this wine is to showcase not only the best, but our most terroir driven Cabernet.