2014 Merlot 750ml
"Seavey's 2014 Merlot is fabulous. Rich, powerful and intense, the 2014 offers notable intensity and richness. Far from an easygoing wine, Seavey's Merlot is a wine that absolutely demands attention. Black cherry, smoke, licorice, leather and incense notes add layers of exuberance, but the Merlot is very young and in need of cellaring. All of the personality of this site come through in a slightly more accessible style than in the Cabernets. This is a gorgeous wine. Don't miss it." 92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
100% ESTATE GROWN, PRODUCED AND BOTTLED
Blend: 97% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot
Production: 390 cases produced
Barrels: 100% French oak (40% new)
Wonderful notes of smoke, licorice, leather and incense. A savory and rustic wine with a classic Bordeaux-like personality that presents considerable aging potential but is also easy to enjoy now because of its delicate richness.
"The 2014 Merlot is soft, round and juicy, with loads of chocolate, cocoa and coffee notes, a medium to full-bodied, plump mouthfeel, fine tannins and a lush, juicy finish." 90 points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate.
Seavey's 21st vintage of estate-produced Merlot was made from 97% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. The 2014 growing season was marked by scant rain. A warm, dry spring gave way to ideal summer conditions, followed by a wonderfully mild harvest period which allowed us to patiently pick each block at full ripeness. Our hillside Merlot blocks were 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 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 2016.
Winemaker, Jim Duane · Consulting Winemaker, Philippe Melka