2013 Caravina Cabernet 750ml
“Seavey's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Caravina is one of the very finest values in Napa Valley. Supple, radiant and expressive, the 2013 is a pure joy to taste, as it expresses plenty of site-specific nuance in a more approachable style than the estate's flagships. Bright red cherry, plum, spice, mint, licorice and sweet floral notes meld into the soft, open-knit finish. This is a real overachiever, especially for the price.” 93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2015.
100% ESTATE GROWN, PRODUCED AND BOTTLED
Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Petit Verdot, 2.5% Merlot
Production: 1,767 cases produced
Barrels: 100% French oak (40% new)
September & October 2013
2016 - 2033
Bright red berries dance on the tongue with intriguing hints of sweet tobacco, anise, clove and kirsch. Full bodied, with a formidable backbone of chewy, mouth-coating tannins, this wine envelopes your palate. Smoky and somewhat brooding, this wine shows the power of the Seavey estate and makes a strong statement about the monumental 2013 vintage. Pair this wine with a celebratory meal, decanting it for 30 to 60 minutes before enjoying.
“The 2013 is outstanding, with a deep purple color, a sweet nose of chocolate, dusty, loamy soil notes, a touch of roasted herbs, silky tannins and a medium to full-bodied, very sexy and lush style.” 90 points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 2015.
The year 2013 marks Seavey’s 15th vintage of estate-produced Caravina Cabernet. The grapes for this wine were sourced from a unique tapestry of steep hillside blocks from our estate vineyard notable for their intense and youthful flavor profiles. Following a winter with scant rain, a warm, dry spring gave way to ideal summer conditions and then a mild harvest period that allowed us to patiently pick each block at full ripeness.
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 (40% new) for 19 months before bottling in June 2015. The blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Merlot, and 2.5% Petit Verdot.
Winemaker, Jim Duane · Consulting Winemaker, Philippe Melka