Sunday, November 13, 2011

Review: ***+ $$ Sebastiani Merlot, Sonoma County, California, 2001 - GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Here we have a treat from the cellar, a ten-year-old merlot from Sonoma county. 

Original tasting and review : This is Sebastiani Merlot, Sonoma County, California, 2001, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Sebastiani Merlot is deep mahogany red, with ruby and brick overtones.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows deep, classic merlot fruit, with vanilla overtones, likely from time in oak.  Quite old-school bold California merlot in its style - I respect that classic form.  From the aroma, seems like this will be rich and hearty.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact rich and balanced, bringing subtle tobacco elements. a combination of mature red and black berry fruit, some smokiness and light acidity.  Tannins have settled and smoothed.  The flavors come to a finish on a light wash of perky and sweet acids.

In summary: Overall, solid three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for balance and longevity, making this a good value indeed - especially after a decade of cellaring! 

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: The nose is picking up some distinct mixed stewed vegetables.  The palate has remained well-knitted and solid, however.  The nose suggests much more air time would be risky.  

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