Blend: 97.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Petit Verdot
Production: 829 cases of 750ml bottles; 75 cases of 1.5L bottles
Barrels: 100% French oak (70% new)
Cellaring: Needs 5-8 years of cellaring; enjoy over 30+ years
Seavey Vineyard’s 24th vintage of single-vineyard estate Cabernet Sauvignon comes from grapes grown on steep hillside blocks of our vineyard which we have been farming for 35 years. The 2013 was the perfect follow-up to the 2012 growing season which was nearly perfect. Following a winter with scant rain, a warm, dry spring allowed for vigorous vine growth. Extensive flowering and pollination created a strong fruit set, creating the potential for larger than average yields. Ideal summer conditions followed and mild harvest temperatures allowed us to patiently handpick each hillside block at its optimum ripeness. Each vineyard block was 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 de-stemmed and the uncrushed berries were gently transferred into fermentation tanks. In order to carefully manage the tannins and resulting wine texture, the grapes were neither crushed nor run through a pump. Following fermentation, the wine was aged in French oak barrels (70% new) for 20 months before bottling in June 2015. The blend is 97.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2.5% Petit Verdot.
This full-throttle, blockbuster wine is mouth filling, bursting with blackberries, ferrous notes, vanilla, smoky tobacco and very dark chocolate. During Harvest 2013, Winemaker Jim Duane reported that “the tannins in this Olympian vintage are the most massive ever to be produced by our steep hillside blocks.” Monumental and opulent, this wine is overflowing with raw power. Time will be its friend. Preview it now but provide it with patient cellaring so that its full majesty can be revealed.
Winemaker: Jim Duane
Winemaking Consultant: Philippe Melka
Vineyard Manager: Ignacio Hernandez
“The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate has turned out beautifully. Exotic and compelling, even in just its bouquet, the 2013 is utterly captivating. Iron, smoke, blood and a host of ferrous notes open up first, followed by waves of dark fruit. The 2013 is powerful and intense to the core, but full of personality that is only in need of more time in bottle to be fully expressive. The dense, explosive finish is nearly impossible to resist, but this vivid, ample Cabernet Sauvignon is going to require patience." Review by Antonio Galloni, Vinous - 97 pts
“The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate may be one of the finest wines Seavey has yet made... Its dense purple color is followed by a gloriously pure nose of lead pencil shavings, wet rocks, loamy soil, forest floor, blackberries and crème de cassis. Full-bodied, opulent, fleshy and multidimensional...” Review by Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate - 95+ pts