2007 Sebastiani, Carneros, Chardonnay
The 2007 vintage was outstanding
for Chardonnay. Drier winter and
spring weather set up for smaller
clusters and lighter yields than in
the past. The set in early to mid-
May was slightly earlier with mild
weather, making for even maturity.
Summer was mild to warm, with
veraison starting in early July.
August through early September
had more sun and less incidence
of fog setting up for more riper,
“yellow fruit” development. Riper,
more apple and nectarine fruit
flavors developed in September,
coupled with low yields heightened
both varietal and fruit intensity.
Marcucchi was the first harvest on
Sept. 27th and finished with the
always late “Hyde Selection” from
Wilson on October 10th. The Brix
average was higher than normal
at 25.7 Brix.

Mark Lyon’s career in winemaking
spans over 30 years of distinction
and achievement. Mark graduated
with a B.S. in Fermentation Science
from the University of California at
Davis in 1978 and was hired by
Sebastiani Vineyards one year
later.   In 1985, he was put in
charge of harvest at the winery and
was instrumental in making the
inaugural vintage of Sebastiani’s
famed Cherryblock Cabernet
Sauvignon. He has since focused
exclusively on producing the best
quality wines sourced throughout
Sonoma County.
In 1980, Mark and his father bought a 122 acre vineyard in Alexander Valley. His hands-on
management of the vineyard has allowed him to develop a tremendous knowledge of
winegrowing, particularly in Bordeaux varietals.  In 2005, Mark was awarded the “Distinguished
Alumni Award” by U.C. Davis for his community service and his development of joint research
projects with the University. A biannual recognition, the award has been given to such
prominent industry leaders as Robert Mondavi and Justin Meyers.  Mark has also been named
“Winemaker of the Year” by Restaurant Wine Magazine and was included in “Winemakers to
Watch” by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Although he is perhaps best known for the highly sought after Cherryblock, Mark believes his
best successes have been with wines that blend different vineyard sites within a broader
appellation.  The inaugural release of the 1999 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was the
first Sebastiani Vineyards wine  to be  on the cover of Wine Spectator and to make the
publication’s “Top 100 Wines Of The Year.” Additionally  the 2001 Sonoma County Chardonnay
and 2002 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon -- both selling for less than $15.00 -- were
named “Top 100 Wines of the Year” by the Wine Spectator Magazine. These achievements,
unique in the history of Sebastiani Vineyards, occurred after the winery had divested itself of
nearly 8 million cases of bulk wine production in 2001 in order to focus solely on small-
production wines sourced from the appellations of Sonoma County.

Mark lives just a block away from the winery and enjoys the simplicity of both working and living
in Sonoma.  He directs his own vineyard and especially loves to preserve his low yielding, “Old
Vines” Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc blocks. He is actively involved in the
community and enjoys  cooking, drinking fine wines with friends, cultivating his organic
vegetable garden and  travelling the world when his schedule permits.  
Mark Lyon, Winemaker
Wine Profile

Vintage: 2007
Wine Type: White Wine
Varietal: Chardonnay
Harvest Date: 2007
Acid: 0.51 g/100ml
PH: 3.60
Aging: 11 Months sur lie.
Barrel Aging:
60% New Francois Freres French
Oak 30% 1 Year Old Francois Freres
10% 2 Year Old Hungarian Oak
Bottling Date: November 2008
Alcohol %:  14.3
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