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100% ESTATE GROWN, PRODUCED AND BOTTLED - NAPA VALLEY AVA
Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petite Verdot
Production: 860 Cases
Barrels: 100% French Oak (50% new)
Cellaring: 35-40 Years
Seavey's 18th vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon is a remarkable representation of our vineyard's terroir. The 2007 growing season was one of even temperatures from early spring through fall. We harvested from our Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot blocks beginning in the first days of September with the last micro-block picked on October 13th. The 2007 Cabernet is a blend of fruit from 14 small blocks, which ultimately produced just 39 barrels of wine. The length and evenness of the growing season helped bring forth a wine with fruit characteristics, acidity, tannin structure and a deep and complex flavor profile which are spectacularly harmonious in both the glass and mouth. The aromas of dark cherry, French roast, cocoa, fennel, cedar, cassis and dried floral notes are abundant and increasingly show themselves while this wine opens in your glass and begs to be savored.
The flavors of cedar, dried flowers, cocoa, cassis and French roast carry through to the mouth with additions including blueberry, blackberry, cassis, white pepper, violets, creosote, incense, and cigar box. In the winery the grapes were sorted, de-stemmed and gently lifted into small tanks for fermentation; the resulting wine was aged in 50% new French oak before being bottled in May, 2009. Enjoy now through 2040.
"The virtually perfect 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (85% Cabernet Sauvignon and a whopping 15% Petit Verdot) has an inky bluish/purple color, a gorgeous nose of incense, soy, truffles, scorched earth, and gobs of blackberry and cassis fruit. The tannins are gorgeously velvety and the wine very full-bodied, with terrific texture, a multi-layered mouthfeel, and a blockbuster finish with no hard edges whatsoever. The good news is that there are nearly 1,000 cases of this prodigious Cabernet Sauvignon, which should prove to be a monumental, almost ageless wonder lasting 20-40 or more years.
As I said last year, there is a strong argument to be made that this is the most underrated great Cabernet Sauvignon produced in Napa Valley. Sadly, Mary Seavey, long-time wife of Bill Seavey, passed away just before my visit, and my heartfelt condolences go out to her husband who, along with his wife, were visionaries with regard to what could be achieved on these dry-farmed hillside vineyards tucked away in Conn Valley, east of Meadowood Resort. Their winemaker is the brilliant Philippe Melka, who has always said that the challenge is not with the complexity or quality of the fruit, but rather taming what can be the savage tannins that can emerge from these hillsides. He has done just that, and along with Bill Seavey, introduced perhaps the best second wine in all of Napa Valley, the Caravina. Keep in mind that I have Seaveys going back to 1990 in my cellar, and they are still young wines, so this is a wine that can easily hold up for 25+ years when well-stored. The estate Cabernet Sauvignon (the production varies between about 725 to just over 1,000 cases depending on vintage conditions) tends to be anywhere from a minimum of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon to as much as 92-93%, with the balance always Petit Verdot, and over recent years, no Merlot whatsoever."
Rating: 96+, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, Dec. 2008
Consultant Winemaker: Philippe Melka
Winemaker: Matt Reid
Winemaker Assistant: Kelly Woods
Vineyard Foreman: Mario Gutierrez