(2012 Vintage) 96 Points - Robert Parker - The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Gravel Bed comes from a 2.6-acre parcel of the purest gravel, planted with the most famous clone of Cabernet Sauvignon in Northern California, 337. Another big time winner, this wine is a slightly more powerful expression of Cabernet (14.8% alcohol vs. the 14.2% of the 2012 Old Vine). Gorgeous graphite as well as almost La Mission Haut-Brion volcanic soil and wet gravel notes are interwoven with extraordinary crème de cassis and floral notes that jump from the glass of this dense purple wine. I could easily be drinking a $500 bottle of Beckstoffer To Kalon or Dr. Crane instead of a Sonoma Gravel Bed Sauvignon from Sebastiani – it’s that profound. Incredibly sweet, soft tannins give it immediate accessibility, while the wine is quite full-bodied and long. This should drink well, just like the Old Vine, for at least 20-25 years. Bravo!
Robert Parker(2012 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/23/2014