Our 2010 Red Blend begins with strawberry-inflected aromas with light caramel oak. A wide variety of secondary aromas come from the different grapes in this blend: hints of spice and bramble from Merlot andZinfandel, and light floral notes from the Grenache, Syrah, and Tempranillo. Pure, jammy fruit forms the core of the flavors on the palate, very similar to the 2009 Grenache-based blend. Grenache lends red cherry fruit flavor, complemented by wild raspberry and pomegranatefrom the Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, and Syrah. Hints of savory spices, coffee, white pepper, and cardamom add complexity without distracting from the fruit-forward appeal. Medium-bodied and fleshy, with a touch of fresh acidity and tannin for balance, this approachable, appealing red blend is a sure crowd pleaser.
The 2010 Red Blend came together slightly differently than the 2009 blend for two main reasons. While this vintage's blend was still Grenache-driven, it had more varietals present than the previous year's, contributing a bit more spice and fruit, and less acidity. However, the cool 2010 vintage helped balance out the acidity and left us with a naturally low 13.8% alcohol. Pair this wine with a barbeque chicken pizza, ravioli with marinara sauce, or carne asada soft tacos.
As a young man, Samuele Sebastiani emigrates form Franeta, near Lucca, Italy to America. After living in New York for a brief period, he made his way to California. He began working at various jobs, ending up in the cobblestone quarry on Shcoken Hills, north of Sonoma.
A winery is born…Samuele had saved enough to buy land, grow grapes and begin making fine wine: a craft he learned as a young boy in Italy. For many years, the winery made only bulk wine, to be sold and branded by other, larger wineries in the area.
The youngest of Samuele and Elvira's three children, August Sebastiani soon gained a reputation as one of America's most skilled and innovative winemakers. August and his wife, Sylvia, purchase the family's winery from his father's estate shortly after Samuele's death. August grows the winery as he begins to sell name branded wine to the general public introduces premium varietal wines in popularly priced magnums.
Pair this wine with a barbeque chicken pizza, ravioli with marinara sauce, or carne asada soft tacos.