100% ESTATE GROWN, PRODUCED AND BOTTLED - NAPA VALLEY AVA
"The 2005 Caravina (100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1,100 cases) is showing even better this year than last. Gorgeous fudge/chocolate notes intermixed with blackberry and cassis, sweet silky tannins, and a long finish with no hard edges make for a delicious wine already showing complexity and best drunk over the next 10 years. Seavey Vineyard’s seventh estate-produced Caravina Cabernet, the 2005, was made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that came from vines planted on several different locations of the south-facing hillside vineyard. The Seavey Caravina Cabernet is perhaps the best second label wine in Napa…keep in mind I have Seaveys going back to 1990 in my cellar." Rating: 92. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, Dec 2008.
Winemaking style followed classic Bordeaux methods. Harvested at optimal ripeness, the juice remained in contact with the skins for an average of 14 days, with malolactic fermentation occurring in barrel. The wine was aged in French oak barrels (40% new oak) and bottled in May 2007. An incredible bright nose with layers upon layers of cherry, cassis and blackberry, supported by vanilla, cedar, dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee beans. Mr. Parker calls this wine “supple, sexy and opulent”, and who are we to disagree? Indeed the wine seduces and captivates the palate with its multilayered, harmonious flavors and long, entrancing finish. This wine is an icon of the justly heralded
Consultant Winemaker: Philippe Melka
Winemaker: Matt Reid
Winemaker Assistant: Kelly Woods
Vineyard Foreman: Mario Gutierrez