Sebastiani Secolo 2005

Sebastiani Secolo 2005


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With a saturated, ruby color the 2005 Secolo is all about aromatics, finesse and elegance. It has a pebbly, minerality note with shades of blackberry, dried herbs, and mocha, showcasing it's cooler vintage attributes. Although not as "big" as the 2004 it still packed a lot of black cherry currant fruits with complex sandalwood, and leafiness. It finishes with mild tannins that remind you that aging will reward, yet is unusually caressing at this stage. This wine's sexiness is its balance and aromatics, uncommon in California Red Meritage wines, which should make a convert out of any die hard, Red Bordeaux fans.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Sonoma County
Brand Sebastiani
Alcohol/vol 14.3%
  • ws87

Wine SpectatorSmooth and sleek, with spicy berry, currant, herb and sage notes that are tightly wound and a bit crimped on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2012.

James Laube, May 31, 2008
  • we85

Wine EnthusiastThis is the winery's Meritage red, although with 75% Cabernet Sauvignon they could have bottled it as that variety. It's nearly always Sebastiani's best Bordeaux-style wine, but the '05 is something of a letdown from past vintages. It's elegantly structured and nicely flavored, with subtle currant, cherry, olive and smoke flavors, but has a bitter taste throughout.

Steve Heimoff, November 8, 2008

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