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2009 Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery

Winery brand: Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery

Wine Details

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Red Wine, Vintage 2009

Appellation/Region

Alexander Valley - California, United States

Winemaker

Mark Lyon

VinTank Wine ID

840-0009-005852-01-2009-0-0005 (permalink, short)

Composition

84% Cabernet Sauvignon

8% Merlot

4% Malbec

4% Petit Verdot

Treatments

New French Oak: 15 Mo.
Used Hungarian Oak
Used French Oak: 15 Mo.
Used American Oak

Readings

Alcohol: 14.1%
pH: 3.8
T.A.: 0.5g/100mL

Organic/Biodynamic/Sustainability

Unspecified

SKUs/Formats

Bottle 750mL (750mL)
2,700 Cases
VinTank Product ID: 840-0009-005852-01-2009-0-0005-03-1
GTIN/UPC/EAN: 00088232005130 Suggested Retail Price: US $40.00

Accolades
Wine Enthusiast - 90 points

Review 11/1/12: “Soft and luscious, this has just enough tannin and acidity to give structure to the delicious black-cherry, cocoa and bacon flavors. Drink now.” Read more

Wine Notes

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Description

Our 2009 Alexander Valley Cabernet has lower alcohol and more finesse than the two previous warmer vintages. Oak in the background, with gobs of lush, concentrated blackberry and vanilla flavors framed by moderate tannins.

Vintage Notes

The 2009 season opened with a wet and cool winter and early spring. Although set was delayed into mid-June, mild weather led to an even set with full clusters of berries. Summer was cooler than normal with few, if any, hot days. Cluster and berry weights gained in August due to cool, foggy conditions. We had to thin some of the blocks in late August to guarantee vine balance for proper fruit maturity.

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 ideal terroir for red Bordeaux grapes. The largest lot of Cabernet Sauvignon (42%) in this bottling came from the gravel block of the Bracchelini Vineyard with Clone #7. The other major component (31%) was from the gravel block of the Lyon Vineyard, Clone #337. We also blended 8% from the Bedrock Vineyard and 6% from Garibaldi and Icaria Creek. The Petit Verdot was grown in Ukiah and the Merlot and Malbec came from the ... more

Harvest Notes

. A hot spell the third week of September accelerated the ripening process, thankfully, and we started picking our first Cabernet block in the beginning of October. Mid-October rain necessitated the quick harvest of the remainder of Cabernet. Our finest Cabernet came from blocks with the most gravel.

Winemaker Notes

After a three-day cold soak, we crushed and fermented the grapes at relatively warm temperatures in stainless steel tanks. Tannin concentration was high, so we pressed earlier than normal. After pressing, each lot was blended or egg-white fined depending on flavor, color and tannin concentration. The wine was aged for 15 months, primarily in new and used French oak barrels. A small percentage went into Hungarian and American oak. Portions of Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot were added during the first assemblage in spring of 2010 for balance, aromatics and flavor. A rigorous selection resulted in half the production of ... more

Tasting Notes

The dark garnet color is a prologue to the procession of blackberry and black cherries in both the bouquet and palate. Forest floor and tea-like aromas, typical of Alexander Valley Cabernet, are also present. The oak is in the background, which allows the elegance and character of the region to shine through. The palate delivers gobs of lush, concentrated blackberry and vanilla flavors framed by moderate tannins. Overall, our 2009 Alexander Valley Cabernet has lower alcohol and more finesse than the two previous warmer vintages. ~ Mark R. Lyon, Winemaker

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