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2016 Sebastiani North Coast Chardonnay

2016 Sebastiani North Coast Chardonnay

90 Points Richard Caro
2016 Sebastiani North Coast Chardonnay
90 Points Richard Caro

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A creamy and generous Californian, this is everything you'd hope for. The last vintage was labelled 'Sonoma' but it is now sourced more broadly from the North Coast region. The effect is exactly the same: Sebastiani's serious regime of hand-harvesting and partial barrel fermentation help to enrich and round out a beautiful creamy, generous style. Classic and oh so satisfying, it's hard to imagine how they make such good stuff and ship it over here for this tiny price.

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Overview

Grape

Chardonnay

Its Origins

Sebastiani is a Sonoma producer with a proud history and, in modern times, a stunning quality-for-value offering across the globe. After immigrating from Tuscany in 1895, Samuele Sebastiani laboured in the Sonoma hills making cobblestones for San Francisco streets. Here he saved the money - and no doubt surveyed the land - for property to make wine for the city’s restaurants. Over the decades Samuele’s son August became one of America’s leading winemakers of his time. August’s children too were successful - so much so that a massive Central valley operation was built up and sold off to refocus on the Sebastiani home label, and two out of three siblings began their own wineries. In 2008 Sebastiani was acquired by the large Foley stable of companies, at which time the already high quality culture was increased steeply, with a reduction in yields on top of a heavy investment in new expertise, oak and technology resulting in both Sonoma and single vineyard wines of almost incomparable quality for the price.

What The Critics Say

Winemaker notes on 2016 vintage, David Nakaji (Winemaker)

"Our 2016 North Coast Chardonnay is a light golden color and opens with fresh aromas of pear, citrus and nectarine. The palate is bright and crisp, with refreshing flavors of lemon, peach and apple. Undertones of crème brulee and oak add complexity to the mouth, and intermingle with a nice acidity on the finish. This easy-to-drink style Chardonnay can pair with a variety of food and also stands well on its own."

91/100 Sam Kim (2014 vintage)

"A super-comforting chardonnay, the opulent bouquet shows yellow stone fruit, mango, vanilla and butterscotch aromas, leading to a sumptuous palate that is mouthfilling and velvety with creamy texture. The wine is delightfully generous and friendly. At its best: now to 2018. $26.00. NZ Distributor: Eurovintage. Nov 2016."

17.5/20 Raymond Chan (2012 vintage)

"Bright, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour with light green on the edge. The bouquet is full of fresh and lively yellow stonefruit and citrus aromas intermixed with butterscotch MLF notes, nuances of bacony oak and subtle, mouthwatering flinty elements. Medium-full bodied, fulsome stonefruit and buttery flavours feature on the palate. The mouthfeel is bright and lively, with fresh, zesty acidity, balancing the fruit richness, and the flavours are carried along a fine-textured line, leading to a crisp, dry and elegantly proportioned finish. This is fresh and crisp Chardonnay with stonefruit and buttery flavours and a dry finish. Match with seafood and poultry over the next 3-4+ years. 98.8% Chardonnay with 0.2% each Rousanne and Viognier and 0.8% other whites, hand-picked and WBP, approx. half barrel-fermented undergoing MLF, the remainder cool-fermented in tank to 13.9% alc. Two-thirds of the wine was aged 10 months in new and seasoned French, Hungarian and American oak barrels. 17.5/20 Jul 2014 RRP $20.99."

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Chardonnay

  • Colour

    White

  • Region

    California

  • Closure

    Cork

  • Volume

    750ml

  • Alcohol

    13.81%

This Wine Goes Well With

with BLUE CHEESE
with CHICKEN
with PORK

Taste

4

Delivery & Returns

We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.

If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.

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