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2014 Sebastiani Merlot, Alexander Valley

2014 Sebastiani Merlot, Alexander Valley

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Deep crimson in color with intense aromas of blueberry, bergamot tea and plum. The Cabernet adds a nice structure to the wine which boasts elegant flavors with a nice finish and dusty minerality.

Winemaker Notes
Our 2014 Alexander Valley Merlot is a deep crimson in color with intense aromas of blueberry, bergamot tea and plum. The Cabernet adds a nice structure to the wine which boasts elegant flavors of blackberry, dark cherry, and red plum. It Finishes nicely with tea leaves, dried herbs, and a dusty minerality. This wine is approachable now, but will only improve over the next couple years. David Nakaji, Winemaker
Food Pairing Notes
FOOD & WINE PAIRING by Robert Smith, Master Sommelier 2014 Merlot, Alexander Valley This Sebastiani 2014 Alexander Valley Merlot bursts from the glass with hints of dark cherries, blueberries, Empress plum and black tea alongside savory notes of dried herbs. Enjoy this wine with Chanterelle Mushroom and Lentil Stew with Crisp Pancetta and Fresh Herbs. With its inherent dark fruit notes and amazing array of minerality, this Merlot finds its home with the succulent and earthy flavors of the stew. It’s a wonderfully hearty dish to enjoy during this time of year!
Composition
80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Alexander Valley
Harvest Date
September 12th and September 14th, 2014
Acid
5.3 g/L
pH
3.59
Aging
13 months in Hungarian and French oak barrels
Bottling Date
August 2016
Alcohol %
14.30
Production Notes
After a three-day cold soak, we crushed and fermented the grapes in stainless steel tanks. After pressing, each lot was blended or egg-white fined depending on flavor, color and tannin concentration. The wine was aged for 13 months in new and one-year-old French and Hungarian oak barrels.
Vineyard Notes
2014 started several days sooner due to warmer spring weather. Summer was normal and veraison started by mid-July. August was dry, making smaller clusters and in general lower yields. Even ripening was observed and all grapes were hand harvested nearly a month earlier than the previous year on September 12th and September 14th, 2014.
Production
Only 410 cases produced

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