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2004 Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon "Appellation Selection"

Cabernet Sauvignon

Winery: Sebastiani

Vintage: 2004

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Appellation Selection"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 6% Petite Verdot, & 1% Malbec

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Alexander Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $32

Cases produced: 5,600

KWG Score: 91 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93.99-90)

Review date: October 4, 2007

Wine Review: This wine won our blind Cabernet tasting for the second year in a row by a pretty good margin with a score of 91.56! This very solid effort by winemaker Mark Lyon of Sebastiani like the previous year seems to show its very best after about 9 months in the bottle after release. This very dark purple wine is almost black. This wine opens with a spicy blackberry bouquet with hints of peppermint and toasted marshmallow. On the palate, this medium to full bodied wine is extremely smooth, well balanced, complex, and has tasty mild blackberry like flavors. The finish is very dry, has very prominent fine tannins, and is nicely prolonged. This wine would pair perfectly with filet mignon. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: This offering of Alexander Valley Cabernet is full-bodied with firm tannins. This wine seems to be a cross between the 1999 and 2002 vintage: it has notes of herbs and black tea and lots of lush, forward fruit. In many respects, it reminds me of a 2000 Haut Medoc, due to the tight, fine grained tannins and spice notes. I think this wine has tremendous aging potential.

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