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2013 Sebastiani Cherryblock Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Sebastiani Cherryblock Cabernet Sauvignon

98+ Points - Robert Parker
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SKU: 001267

Dusty, Cabernet aromas with rusty pipe, crème de cassis, and hints of tobacco leaf. On the palate black cherry fruit is the first attack, followed by earthy, loamy flavors that linger for minutes.

Ratings
98+ Points - Robert Parker - The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Cherryblock ratchets up the level of color to basically black/blue/purple. It has an extraordinary nose of almost super-concentrated essence of cherries and blackberries, along with some graphite and licorice. There is a touch of camphor in this multidimensional, world-class wine that is another spectacular offering from Sebastiani. The finish must last for close to a minute. This is a killer wine that can compete with the very best Cabernet Sauvignons made anywhere in the world. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the following three decades.
Winemaker Notes
Opaque red-purple in color, this 2013 has dusty, Cabernet aromas with rusty pipe, crème de cassis, and hints of tobacco leaf. On the palate black cherry fruit is the first attack, followed by earthy, loamy flavors that linger for minutes. The tannins are firm at this stage and will require some bottle aging in order to soften up. This wine will be magnificent 2 to 4 years from now. Our most concentrated Cherryblock Cabernet since the 2004 vintage! ~ Mark R. Lyon, Winemaker
Composition
96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, 2% Malbec
Wine Specs
Vintage
2013
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Sonoma Valley
Harvest Date
September 14th – October 28th, 2013
Acid
0.59 g/100ml
pH
3.79
Aging
14 months in 70% new French oak barrels
Bottling Date
June 2015
Alcohol %
14.3
Robert Parker
98
Wine Advocate
98
Production Notes
2013 was another picture perfect year for Cabernet! Overall it was a very long growing season without severe heat extremes. The crop size was moderate and exhibited ample color and extraction. Due to larger berries and ripe fruit, Cabernet tannins were not green, nor hard. Merlot and Malbec were much in the background for this vintage, in that we kept the intensity by having a higher percentage of Cabernet than was normal. We harvested the grapes September 14th – October 28th, 2013. 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 its characteristics. The wine was aged for 14 months in French oak barrels, 70% of which were new.
Vineyard Notes
Since its creation, Cherryblock has been our flagship wine at Sebastiani. The majority of the fruit (91.5%) came from our original Old Vines block of Cabernet Sauvignon planted in 1961. The wine also features a portion of fruit from younger vines on our estate. Small amounts of Malbec and Merlot were sourced from nearby sites with similar climates and soils. Our goal is to create a benchmark Cabernet that possesses the elegance, structure and terroir-driven aromatics only found in Cherryblock.
Production
Limited

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