100% ESTATE GROWN, PRODUCED AND BOTTLED - NAPA VALLEY AVA
Seavey Vineyard’s sixth estate-produced Merlot, the 1999, was made from 100% Merlot grapes grown primarily on a gradually sloping east-facing block near the top of the vineyard. The grapes were harvested in early October at optimal ripeness of sugar and tannins and with concentrated fruit flavors.
Winemaking style followed classic Bordeaux methods. Following fermentation, the wine was aged in French oak barrels (40% new oak) for 18 months before bottling on May 24, 2001.
The 1999 Merlot had an opaque purple color and an expressive chocolate berry fruit-scented nose. It is full bodied and rich with lush, succulent flavors.
Consultant Winemaker: Philippe Melka
Vineyard Foreman: Mario Gutierrez