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100% ESTATE GROWN, PRODUCED AND BOTTLED - NAPA VALLEY AVA
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Production: 1175 Cases
Barrels: 100% French Oak (45% new)
Decanting: 30 Minutes
Cellaring: Enjoy now (through 2015)
The 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon is superb… It is full-bodied, with exquisite density and terrific fruit purity and intensity, particularly in the mid-palate and length (always good signs for wines that are meant to improve and last). There is plenty of tannin, but this is a generous, impressively endowed wine that should stand the test of several decades of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2003–2025." Rating: 92+, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, #126
Seavey Vineyard’s seventh estate produced Cabernet, the 1996, was made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that came from vines planted on several different locations of the South-facing hillside vineyard. Eleven lots were harvested in late September and early October, each at optimal ripeness of tannins and sugar as well as flavors. Winemaking style followed classic Bordeaux methods, the juice remaining in contact with the skins varying from 13 days to 30 days and then put in French oak barrels (45% new oak) for malolactic fermentation and aging for a period of 19 months. The wine was bottled on May 11, 1998. The 1996 Cabernet has a saturated ruby color and exhibits a forward aroma of ripe dark plums with hints of sweet vanilla and white chocolate. Full-bodied with a chewy texture, layers of currant-like fruit and well-integrated tannins, this flavorful and lush Cabernet Sauvignon can be enjoyed now or aged for numerous years.
Winemaker: Philippe Melka
Vineyard Foreman: Mario Gutierrez