Sonoma County’s historic Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery, now owned by Bill Foley, consistently impresses us with varietal wines that are personable, affordable, and well-crafted. A fitting example is their 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, which offers equal doses of sophistication and drinkability. On the nose are notes of blueberry liqueur, tea leaf, and cracked black pepper, and on the palate suggestions of black fruit compote, roasted poblano, and fig. The oak is subtly spicy (the wine aged 10 months in American oak barrels) and there are impressions of loamy earth on the savory finish. It is impressively balanced for the price, thanks in part to the addition of small portions of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Ruby Cabernet, Malbec, and Syrah in the blend. The wine is full-bodied with mellow tannins and mild acidity, and will serve amiably with sharp cheeses, charcuterie, grilled steak and vegetables, roasted lamb, and other hearty fare. Sebastiani distributes this wine nationally, so you should have little trouble finding it
at your local supermarket or wine merchant. For more information on Sebastiani’s history, winery, and wines, visit them virtually at www.sebastiani.com. If you find yourself in the town of Sonoma, we recommend you visit them personally for a tour and tasting. Sebastiani’s tasting room is located just blocks from Sonoma’s central town plaza.