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100% ESTATE GROWN, PRODUCED & BOTTLED - NAPA VALLEY AVA
Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
Produced: 1500 Cases
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.
“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, The Wine Advocate, #150
"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." Rating: 94+, Robert Parker,The Wine Advocate, #195, Retrospective Review, June 2011
“Fascinating, super-ripe nose combines plum, iron, leather, mocha, hot rocks, underbrush, licorice and game, plus a light note of raisining fruit. Then sweet, pliant and generous with exceptional depth of texture. Very suave, seamless wine, finishing very long and sweet with huge, broad tannins that coat the cheeks and the front teeth. Seavey’s flagship wine has performed consistently well in my tastings in recent years.” Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, #114
Consultant Winemaker: Philippe Melka
Winemaker: Matt Reid
Vineyard Foreman: Mario Gutierrez