100% ESTATE GROWN, PRODUCED AND BOTTLED - NAPA VALLEY AVA
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Production: 550 Cases
Barrels: 100% French Oak (65% new)
Cellaring: 25-30+ Years
Seavey Vineyard’s second estate-produced Cabernet, the 1991, was made from 100% Cabernet grapes that came from vines planted in 1982 and 1983 in six different locations on the South-facing hillside vineyard. In 1991 those blocks yielded 2.5 tons of grapes per acre. The grapes were picked on October 3rd and 4th, almost three weeks later than in 1990. The long growing season produced a rich and complex Cabernet with intense fruit aromas. In making this wine, William Seavey and Gary Galleron followed classic Bordeaux methods. Harvested at 24 degrees brix, the juice remained in contact with the skins for an average of 21 days. Following malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged for 22 months in French oak barrels (65% new oak) and was bottled in September 1993.
Twenty-five years out, this wine is at its pinnacle showing light and airy density and a perfected savoriness. Aromas of sweet tobacco, stewed plums, dried fig, and tobacco with fresh cranberry and pomegranate mix. Herbal notes of dried herbs and bay leaf mix with cocoa powder and dark chocolate. Enjoy with a charcuterie plate or drink on its own to appreciate this wine's subtle essence.
“Seavey’s Cabernet Sauvignon’s can be exceptional, as evidenced by the 1991 and 1990, two extraordinarily promising Cabernets . . . (The 1991) is a massive yet pure Cabernet Sauvignon that can be drunk now but promises to be even better by the turn of the century and last for 20 years. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I did a tasting of top 1991’s and the Seavey came out first in a very competitive lineup. Three days after the tasting, a small quantity of the 1991 was still exquisite, perhaps even greater than it had been 72 hours earlier. Amazing!” Rating: 97, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, Dec. 1995
“A bottle of the 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon, tasted in late 2004, was an extraordinary monument to Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. This vintage has always been brilliant, but it is adding even more complexity to its wealth of fruit and concentration. Still in adolescence at age 13, wow, what a wine!” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, #157
"As to the wine, I went with an incredible bottle of 1991 Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon, which was simply off the charts good. Deep and muscular, it nevertheless has incredible polish to its tannin, seamless integration of its fruit and acidity, and blockbuster length. Offering a singular drinking experience, it will easily stand toe to toe with the greatest Cabernets in the world today..." Rating: 100, Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate, Feb. 2014
Winemaker: Gary Galleron
Vineyard Foreman: Mario Gutierrez