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2001 Cabernet Sauvignon 3.0

2001 Cabernet Sauvignon 3.0

“Very ripe, almost liqueur-like aromas of raspberry and spices are also youthful and full of life. Plush and sweet in the middle palate but with very good inner-mouth tension and energy to the fine-grained flavors of raspberry, mocha and menthol. Really opens out and builds on the broad back end, where the tannins are nicely balanced by the wine's material. Long on personality, but with lovely restraint and framing acidity suggesting that this wine is still evolving in a positive way. Very impressive.” 94 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (April 2017),  Drinking Window: 2018-2032

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100% ESTATE GROWN, PRODUCED & BOTTLED - NAPA VALLEY AVA

Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
Produced: 1500 Cases
Alcohol: 14.1%
Barrels: 100% French Oak (48% new)
Cellaring: 22-27 Years

WINEMAKER'S TASTING NOTES
The 2001, Seavey Vineyard’s 12th estate produced Cabernet, is a blend of 95% Cabernet and 5% Petit Verdot grapes that came from vines planted on several different locations of the South-facing hillside vineyard and harvested during the first three weeks of October. Winemaking style followed classic Bordeaux methods. Harvested at 25 degrees brix, the juice remained in contact with the skins for almost 28 days. Following malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged in French oak barrels (48% new oak). The 2001 Cabernet was bottled on June 19th & 20th, 2003.

REVIEWS

“Very ripe, almost liqueur-like aromas of raspberry and spices are also youthful and full of life. Plush and sweet in the middle palate but with very good inner-mouth tension and energy to the fine-grained flavors of raspberry, mocha and menthol. Really opens out and builds on the broad back end, where the tannins are nicely balanced by the wine's material. Long on personality, but with lovely restraint and framing acidity suggesting that this wine is still evolving in a positive way. Very impressive.” 94 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (April 2017), Drinking Window: 2018-2032

"Readers looking for a Saint-Estèphe look-alike should check out this brooding, monster Cabernet Sauvignon from Bill Seavey and winemaker Philippe Melka.  Tasting nearly the same as it did eight years ago, it reveals stunning, sweet chocolaty notes interwoven with notions of burning embers, loamy soil, black currants and forest floor."  "This blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot from the dry-farmed hillside vineyard of Bill and the late Mary Seavey is a 35-50-year wine.  Only for true connoisseurs and those with patience."  Robert Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate #195 (June 2011, Retrospective Review)

The Wine Advocate describes the wine as “a potential super-star in the making… It gets my vote as the finest wine made at this estate since the 1997 and it should have the longevity of their monumental 1991. Sadly, only 1500 cases were produced from a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. It should be called a vin de garde (a wine for aging) as it is a tightly knit, powerful, enormously endowed offering with huge tannin, monster extract and rich, intense black currant, tar, blackberries, loamy soil and licorice flavors. Closed, broodingly rich and large-scaled, this 2001 possesses nearly unlimited upside potential, but patience will be a virtue. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2028.”  Robert Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate  #150

Production Team
Consultant Winemaker: Philippe Melka
Winemaker: Matt Reid
Vineyard Foreman: Mario Gutierrez

Wine Specs

Vintage 2001
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation Seavey Vineyard
Alcohol % 14.5