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For this wine, Sebastiani sourced their Cabernet Sauvignon from three Sonoma County sub-appellations known for their outstanding quality grapes and long-lived wines: Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. In keeping with classic Bordeaux style, they blended in Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec for added complexity and drinkability. Included was a small amount of Petite Sirah to contribute more color and tannin.
This medium to dark garnet-colored wine has black olive and black cherry aromas with mocha and vanilla from barrel aging. Medium bodied but richly textured, it shows the strength of Cabernet Sauvignon on the palate, yet with rich, choco-rasberry fruit thanks to extended hang time. It doesn’t finish with aggressive tannins thanks to early tannin fining and blending, rather with again mocha and mint despite the cooler vintage. This structured Cabernet Sauvignon will develop nicely through the summer of 2009, but will certainly improve with additional bottle age. It is a more “masculine” version of Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon, yet not rough around the edges with elegance and complexity.
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