Sebastani 2002 Sonoma County Merlot

Posted on July 21, 2009

Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery has a long history in Sonoma County winemaking, established in 1904 by an Italian imigrant, Samuele Sebastiani. Four generations later, the family continues this tradition. While Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery was best known for its flavorful but cheap wines bottled in magnums, they are now focused on producing premium wines from their vineyards located throughout the Sonoma County. Sebastiani's offerings include a "Sonoma County" range, an "Appellation Selection Series" that makes sub-appellation designated wines from places like Carneros or Dry Creek Valley, and two "Proprietor's Selection Wines" produced only during the best vintages.


Winery - Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery

Location - Sonoma, California

Wine - Sebastani 2002 Sonoma County Merlot

Grape Varieties - Merlot

Appellation - Sonoma County

Alcohol - 14.0% v/v

Price -$17 USD


Nose/Aroma - Lovely dried fruit, molasses, and sawdust.

Palate/Flavors - Overripe currants and blackberries with a touch of chocolate and char that flows into a long finish of blackberries and chocolate. Very little bitterness or astringency. Smooth, velvety, mouth filling texture. Well integrated and balanced.

Style - An outstanding introductory Sonoma County Merlot. Seems to be aimed at a slightly bigger style than it was able to achieve, though I don't think this was a negative by any means. 

Food Pairing - This is a perfect wine to have a meal with. Great with most red meats, try venison with baked potatoes. A nice sheep's cheese would be nice as well, or even a rich dessert like chocolate brownies with vanilla ice cream.

Comments - Great wine, very well made. I was a bit worried I'd left this one in the cellar too long, but it showed great. I think this wine was probably a bit different at a younger age, but this is the type of Merlot I enjoy drinking; not too big or over extracted, complementing the fruit characteristics instead of overpowering them.