Mission Codename Unravel the gravel
“Now, this is a story all about how
My life got flipped-turned upside down”
Upside down, sideways, all twisted up! We didn’t become a prince, but after the first sip hit our lips, we went into a mad frenzy to lock down every case we could.
Mind you, the secret has been out for years, ever since the 2013 vintage got 97 points from Robert Parker. That’s an astounding score for a wine with its release price of $40. This vintage boasts a smaller, yet still impressive 93 points from the Wine Advocate.
But get this. We’re busting it out at $22! Talk about an absolute no-brainer.
Gravel Bed Red is a blend of primarily Cabernet, Merlot, and Malbec, with Petit Verdot, Syrah, and Zinfandel spicing things up. Much of which sourced from the renowned Cherryblock Vineyard. Medium-bodied, but it comes packing SO MUCH fruit. Jam-packed with all manner of red fruit - dried plums, perfectly ripe strawberries, raspberry and cherry, and balanced with a drop of vanilla and sweet pipe tobacco. And it’s a deeply ripe, sweet fruit style. Not a deeply intellectual wine, more like a straight down the middle meatball waiting to be crushed.
Sebastiani, founded in 1904, ranks amongst the oldest wineries in California today. A prominent historic landmark for Sonoma, over the decades they have given Napa a run for the money, with a reputation for overdelivering. Just as today’s wine was being harvested Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate wrote “If you haven’t noticed the qualitative efforts by winemaker Mark Lyon and the Sebastiani team over the last decade or more, it’s time to take notice. Not only are the wines realistically priced, but the quality is very impressive, and some great values can be found.”
Well guess what? That was BEFORE our 45% OFF.
A “case me” wine in every sense.
93 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The medium to deep ruby colored 2016 Gravel Bed has a mineral-driven nose. With time, it opens to pure red and black cherries, cassis, loamy earth and exotic spice notes with a spark of menthol. It’s medium to full-bodied in the mouth, intense and grainy, with great freshness to lift the long, minerally finish. Drink 2021-2033.”
91 Points – Wine & Spirits
“This is a brisk Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Merlot and Malbec. Its cool tannins carry a dark, resinous herb character, providing a zesty counterpoint to the lush fruit sweetness. The texture is full and mellow, enlivened by fresh mineral acidity that provides a sandstone-like abrasion to the finish. Pour it with pork rillettes or other charcuterie.”
What the Winery Says
2016 'Gravel Bed Red' Sonoma Cabernet Blend
- Mark Lyon
- 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 9% Petit Verdot, 3% Syrah, 1% Zinfandel
- Sonoma County
- Cherryblock & Lyon Vineyards
- Total acidity
- 5.7 g/L
- Harvest dates
- September 14 - October 21, 2016
- Bottling date
- April 18, 2018
- 18 months
- 20% new French and Hungarian oak