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Sebastiani Sonoma County Merlot

2009 Combines black cherries, black tea, vanilla, mocha and plums. The palate is rich, soft and approachable with layers of dried herbs, ripe fruit and vanilla. Balanced, elegant and delicious. Enjoy this wine alongside a wide array of dishes, including pasta primavera, salami, grilled steak and herb-crusted lamb chops.
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Sebastiani has become synonymous with Sonoma. Sebastiani’s first century in Sonoma winemaking began when Samuele Sebastiani emigrated from the Tuscany region of Italy in 1895 and started Sebastiani nine years later. A stonemason by trade, he quarry-mined the Sonoma hills for cobblestones that were used to build the streets of San Francisco.

The winery was the only one in Sonoma County to continue operations through Prohibition, making a small amount of sacramental and medicinal wines. Today, Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery advances its record of acclaim under the guidance of vintner and entrepreneur Bill Foley, who acquired the winery in 2008.

Sonoma County has a long history of producing Merlots that are both lush and structured. This Merlot features fruit from a number of great vineyards in the county’s top AVAs including Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. For added fruit, tannins and complexity, included were small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. The varietal breakdown is 85% Merlot, 6.6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.7% Syrah, 2.4% Petite Sirah, and 2.3% Petit Verdot.

After a three-day cold soak, we crushed and fermented the fruit at relatively warm temperatures—for maximum extraction—in stainless steel tanks for 10-15 days. Early blending helped integrate and balance the wine’s aromatics and flavors. Twelve and a half months of maturation in a combination of American, Hungarian and Oregonian oak barrels brought additional structure and complexity to this Merlot.