100% ESTATE GROWN, PRODUCED AND BOTTLED - NAPA VALLEY AVA
Blend: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot
Production: 800 cases
Barrels: 100% French Oak (50% new)
Cellaring: 30-35 Years
"The wine discloses an inky black/purple color, a gorgeous nose of roasted meats, blackberry and cassis, with a hint of licorice and background underbrush and oak. It is a large-scaled, rich, concentrated wine with high tannins, but fabulous purity and length. Give this wine 3-5 years of cellaring, and drink it over the next 30 years." Rating 95+ Robert Parker, Jr. The Wine Advocate, Dec 2007.
Seavey Vineyard's sixteenth 100% estate produced Cabernet, the 2005, was made from 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% 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). Wine making style followed classic Bordeaux methods. 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. Malolactic fermentation occurred while the wine aged for 19 months in French oak barrels, (50% new oak), and was bottled on May 25, 2006.
Consultant Winemaker: Philippe Melka
Winemaker: Matt Reid
Winemaker Assistant: Kelly Woods
Vineyard Foreman: Mario Gutierrez