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Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery Zinfandel Sonoma County 2012
- Varietal: Zinfandel
- Country: USA
- Region: Sonoma County
- Unit Size: 750 ml
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Dark crimson in color, this Zinfandel displays cran-raspberry fruit, crushed rock and white pepper spiciness with a background of cedar-like aromas. The palate is filled with juicy, ripe raspberry fruit and a long finish of crushed pepper and leather. This is the most fruit forward, ripe Zinfandel we have made in a long time. It is very generous with fruit and concentration.
A perfect wine to enjoy now with your friends and family, pairing with BBQ food and pizza. However, my personal favorite is our Sonoma Zinfandel with Beef or Chicken Enchiladas smothered with either Red Chili or Mole Sauce.
2012 was rock solid. From start to finish it was finally our most normal, seasonal vintage since 2007 in Sonoma County. Overall it was a warmer vintage and made for riper more well-rounded flavors. The Zinfandel was first harvested from mid through late September from Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valleys. The cooler AVAs of Russian River Valley and Chalk Hill began in early through mid October. The fruit reached full maturity without raisining, nor excessive alcohols. Harvested in small lots, the grapes were allowed to cold soak up to three days before fermentation. They were inoculated with yeast strains that specifically enhance the raspberry fruit and fermentation completion. The wine was pressed off slightly sweet to avoid excessive tannins. The individual lots were racked off the lees and underwent a protein fining to remove green tannins. They were re-racked into both new, one- and two-year-old French and Hungarian oak barrels. It was aged for nearly 10 months in barrels. We blended Petite Sirah prior to bottling to enhance body and color.
With over a century of winemaking experience in Sonoma, Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery focuses on crafting small lots of super-premium wines from the great growing regions of Sonoma County, becoming one of California’s most highly praised and awarded wineries for its Bordeaux and Burgundian varietals.
With the spotlight on single vineyards and specific sub-appellations such as Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Carneros and Russian River Valley, Sebastiani produces wine under the Sonoma County, Appellation Selection and Proprietary Selection designations. Founded in 1904 by Samuele Sebastiani, the winery is best known for its Cherryblock Cabernet Sauvignon, one of Sonoma County's most coveted wines. The winery is located just blocks from Sonoma's historic downtown plaza and offers historical tours as well as extensive picnic grounds and hospitality venues.
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