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100% ESTATE GROWN, PRODUCED AND BOTTLED - NAPA VALLEY AVA
Blend 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Production: 1250 Cases
Barrels: 100% French Oak (40% new)
Cellaring: 15 Years
Seavey Vineyard’s ninth estate produced Cabernet, the 1998, was made from 100% Cabernet grapes that came from vines planted on several different locations of the South-facing hillside vineyard.
The 1998 growing season was a challenge because of a cooler and wetter than normal spring and summer, followed by rain in late September. Rather than rush to pick, we waited until October 14th to begin harvesting and did not finish until November 4th. The resulting Cabernet has a dense, opaque purple color and lots of black cherry, bitter chocolate and cassis-like fruit, full ripeness and outstanding concentration, a rich texture and a fat, chewy finish.
Winemaking style followed classic Bordeaux methods. Harvested at an average brix of 24 degrees, the juice remained in contact with the skins for an average of 21 days and thereafter the wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged in French oak barrels (40% new oak) and bottled on April 27, 2000.
Winemaker: Philippe Melka
Vineyard Foreman: Mario Gutierrez
“The outstanding 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon, produced from an extremely small crop, is an example of what the Napa Cabernet Sauvignon producers are jokingly saying is "another fine wine from a bad vintage." A rich, full-bodied, dense effort on a fast evolutionary track, the 1998 is loaded with chocolatey, black cherry, and cassis fruit, an open-knit, sexy, expansive texture, outstanding concentration and purity, low acidity, and a fat, chewy finish. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, Dec 2000