100% ESTATE GROWN, PRODUCED AND BOTTLED - NAPA VALLEY AVA
Blend: 95.5% Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Production: 270 cases produced
Barrels: 100% French oak (50% new)
Cellaring: 5-10 years
Seavey Vineyard’s 18th vintage of estate-produced Merlot was made from 95.5% Merlot and 4.5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vintage was marked by a cool growing season and late harvest that continued into early November. Our hillside Merlot block was carefully handpicked in sequential rolling harvests starting at the top and working down, producing multiple small lots that were then separately vinified and aged.
Winemaking followed classic Bordeaux methods with whole-berry fermentation. In the cool of the early morning harvest, grapes were promptly destemmed 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.
Subtle aromas of raspberry and tart cherry infused with a brambly character combine with a spice treasure trove of clove, mint, anise and cumin to form the nose of this wine. This endearing and special vintage of Seavey Merlot exhibits a mineral-driven savoriness, the response of our vines to extended hang time and a cool vintage. The expressive finish of this 2011 Merlot is intense and soft. This wine is ideal for drinking now or over the next 5-10 years.
Winemaker: Jim Duane
Consulting Winemaker: Philippe Melka
Vineyard Foreman: Mario Gutierrez