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100% ESTATE GROWN, PRODUCED AND BOTTLED - NAPA VALLEY AVA
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Production: 950 Cases
Barrel: 100% French Oak (50% new)
Cellaring: 20-30 Years
“Seavey has produced some exceptional Cabernet Sauvignons, and I predict the 1995 (950 cases) will be an unexpected winner in many blind tastings. It is performing even better this year than it did last, hence my elevated score. The color is an opaque purple. The wine displays a fantastic nose of classic black currants intermixed with cigar box and cedar scents. In the mouth, it is full-bodied and backward, but persuasively rich, layered and marvelously well-balanced. There is a deep, sweet mid-palate and explosive ripeness and richness in the long, heady finish. A sleeper pick in this outstanding vintage. It should evolve effortlessly for 20–30 years. Anticipated maturity: 2002–2028." Rating: 94+, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, #120
Original Tasting Notes
Seavey Vineyard’s sixth estate produced Cabernet, the 1995, was made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that came from vines planted on several different locations of the South-facing hillside vineyard and harvested during the first two weeks of October. The 1995 has a dense, opaque purple color and sweet, chocolaty black plum and currant-like fruit complemented by a touch of toasty vanilla and well-integrated acidity and tannin. Enjoyable now, the wine will age for twenty years or more. Wine making style followed classic Bordeaux methods. Harvest at 23.5 degrees brix, the juice remained in contact with the skins for an average of 25 days and, following malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged in French oak barrels (50% new oak) and bottled on June 13, 1997.
Tasting Notes (Updated 2011)
The compelling nose is a mix of mulberry and currant mingled with dried leaves and earth. The alluring palate is a mix of sweet, velvety fruit and dark chocolate. Finesse and harmony are now delivered in this wine along with power. This wine boasts plenty of grip with live tannin structure and a long, beautiful finish. Only middle aged at this point it its life, we believe this wine has potential to gain even more complexity with time.
Winemaker: Philippe Melka
Vineyard Foreman: Mario Gutierrez