2014 Sebastiani "Gravel Bed" Sonoma County Bordeaux Blend

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This is 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 12% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot from--as the name suggests--some of the winery's more gravely vineyard sources, including the famed Cherryblock, with Mountain Terraces and Bedrock. Though the 2014 has yet to be professionally reviewed, the 2013 earned 97 points from Robert Parker, who enthused about the venerable Sonoma winery's recent successes: "If you haven’t noticed the qualitative efforts by winemaker Mark Lyon and the Sebastiani team over the last decade or more, it’s time to take notice. Not only are the wines realistically priced, but the quality is very impressive, and some great values can be found." (Wine Advocate, 3/2016)

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Staff Image By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/17/2016 | Send Email
Gravel Bed Red is a blend of mostly Cabernet with Merlot and a touch of Malbec and Petit Verdot. Very primary right out of the bottle, the Merlot is dominant on the aromas with dark plum and graphite. Super soft and texturally seamless on the palate, it has a softness that I associate with Sonoma and a pronounced minerality to pair with ripe red fruits and a juicy finish. It really resolves with some air and I would highly recommend decanting it for 2-3 hours at this point. This is one of those wines that is easy to be contrarian about because the press belies the cost. I'll just say that it is a wine that is really easy to enjoy and hard to beat for the price and category.

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/17/2016 | Send Email
After the massive score, and the attention it brought, on the 2013 Sebastiani “Gravel Bed” Red wine at the end of 2015 we’ve been waiting with bated breath for the release of the 2014 vintage. While the 2014 bottling hasn’t been scored yet it is certainly every bit as complex, plush and spiced as the highly touted previous vintage. Dark and brooding on the nose with heady aromas of wet asphalt, black tea, dark roasted coffee and some oak caramelization this is intense and direct with great power. Silky soft on entry with juicy wild berry, unsweetened cocoa powder, smoked pork and anise seed flavors. Focused yet immensely drinkable this is an affordable blend that really over delivers for under $25 and offers tremendous class for its category.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).