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2013 Caravina Cabernet 1.5L

2013 Caravina Cabernet 1.5L

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“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. 

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Blend:                        95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Petit Verdot, 2.5% Merlot
Production:                75 cases produced   
Alcohol:                     14.5%
Barrels:                     100% French oak (40% new)
Cellaring:                   2018-2033

Wine Specs

Vintage 2013
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation Seavey Vineyard
Harvest Date September & October 2013
Aging 2016 - 2033
Bottling Date June 2015
Alcohol % 14.5

Wine Profile

Tasting Notes 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. Smokey 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.
Ratings “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.
Vineyard Notes The year 2013 marks Seavey Vineyard’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.
Production Notes 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 20 months before bottling in June 2015. The blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Merlot, and 2.5% Petit Verdot.
Production Winemaker, Jim Duane · Consulting Winemaker, Philippe Melka