Sebastiani Goes for the Gold at Wine Challenge

May 11, 2019

Sebastiani took gold on three different wines at The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, going against over 1,000 wine entries from 200+ wineries from California’s North Coast.

The annual blind tasting competition brings 28 wine experts from across the country to Sonoma County Fairgrounds to sip and judge wines across a variety of categories and varietals.

The three Sebastiani wines that stood out to this year’s panel included:

Sebastiani 2016 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Judges remarked that the wine was “jammy, concentrated" with "great tannins” while giving it an impressive 95 point score along with a gold medal. This vintage is a deep ruby red in color with elegant aromas of dried cranberries, bergamot tea and vanilla wafer. Sebastiani winemaker David Nakaji notes that "while appealing in its youth, this wine will age wonderfully over the next few years." 

Sebastiani 2016 North Coast Merlot

The 2016 North Coast Merlot earned a gold medal and 91 points, with judges noting the silky texture, fresh fruit, and "nice mineral finish." This bright, fruit forward and complex wine has a medium to full bodied palate with flavors of black plum, cranberries, and a hint of chocolate. 

Sebastiani 2016 North Coast Zinfandel

Awarded with 94 points and a gold medal, the 2016 North Coast Zinfandel dazzled with its "mouth-watering acidity."  Focused aromas of cherry and white pepper make up the bold, fruit forward nose on this wine, with the notes carrying through to the palate where juicy favors of raspberry, blackberry, and plum reveal new layers with each sip.


Sebastiani Wins 3X Gold! Society Members Earn 3X Points!
To celebrate, The Foley Food & Wine Society is awarding members triple points for every dollar they spend on purchases of all Sebastiani wines at retail or restaurant locations, this Tuesday (May 14) through Sunday (May 19). Members must submit their receipts from purchases made of Sebastiani wines through The Foley Food & Wine Society app to earn triple the points for the total spent on Foley Family Wines. This offer is limited to purchases made from 12:01am Tuesday, May 14, through 11:59pm Sunday, May 19. Purchases made before and after this window will continue to earn members one point for every dollar spent on Foley Family Wines.

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