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100% ESTATE GROWN, PRODUCED & BOTTLED - NAPA VALLEY AVA
Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
Produced: 900 Cases
Alcohol: 15.4% Barrels: 100% French Oak (50% new)
Cellaring: 20 Years
“The brilliant 2003 Cabernet boasts a dense purple color as well as a big sweet nose of scorched earth, crème de cassis, licorice, spice, and a roasted meat-like character. Full-bodied, opulent, and rich, with tremendous intensity, huge texture, exceptional balance, and sweet tannin, this stunning Cabernet will be drinkable reasonably early in life (a rarity for a Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon), but should easily last 15–20 years.” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, Dec. 2005
Seavey Vineyard's fourteenth 100% estate-produced Cabernet, the 2003 was made from 95% cabernet and 5% petit verdot grapes that came from vines planted on several different locations of the South-facing hillside vineyard. The grapes were harvested with low yields (on average 1 to 1.5 tons/acre) from September 29 to October 14. Winemaking style followed classic Bordeaux methods. Harvested at 26 degrees brix, the grapes were sorted, destemmed and gently lifted into small tanks for fermentation. The juice remained in contact with the skins for an average of three weeks; and, following malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged for 19 months in French oak barrels (50% new oak) and bottled on May 13, 2005.
Consultant Winemaker: Philippe Melka
Winemaker: Frederick Ammons
Vineyard Foreman: Mario Gutierrez