Blend: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot
Production: 400 cases produced
Barrels: 100% French oak (50% new)
Cellaring: 10-25 years
The year 2011 marks Seavey Vineyard’s 22nd vintage of estate-produced Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes for this wine were sourced from the steepest blocks at the very top of the vineyard—the blocks most exposed to sunlight and with well-drained soils. The 2001 vintage was marked by extended hang time and a late harvest that continued into early November. Seavey carefully handpicked its hillside blocks in rolling lots according to optimum ripeness. These lots were then separately vinified and aged. Production in 2011 was lower than usual, with only 400 cases of Seavey Cabernet produced.
Winemaking followed classic Bordeaux methods with whole-berry fermentation. In the cool of the early morning harvest, grapes were promptly de-stemmed and the uncrushed berries were gently transferred into fermentation tanks. In order to carefully manage the tannins and resultant wine texture, our grapes are neither crushed nor run through a pump. Following fermentation, the wine was aged in French oak barrels (50% new) for 19 months before bottling in May 2013. The blend is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot.
Dark fruit, cassis, rose, warm minerals combined with smoke and cedar come together beautifully in the glass. Floral notes reappear on the finish which is long-lived, and plush and broad on the mouth. This multilayered wine has a vibrant tactile quality with intriguing weight and balance. This wine is ideal for drinking now or over the next 10-25 years. Decanting is recommended.
Winemaker - Jim Duane
Consultant Winemaker - Philippe Melka
Vineyard Manager - Mario Gutierrez
”Seavey’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a wine that will challenge readers’ perceptions of what was possible in this vintage.” Vinous, Dec. 2012
“The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is another fabulous wine from Seavey. Intensely mineral, the 2011 is laced with ash, graphite, sweet tobacco and smoke nuances. The style is rich, intense and powerful, with gorgeous layers of flavor that continue to develop in the glass. The 2011 is textured and nuanced to the core. What a gorgeous wine this is…” 95 pts, Vinous, Nov. 2013