The 2002 Merlot is medium bodied in a full ripe style. Its dense 100% Merlot aromas include cedar, nutmeg, clove, berry fruit, and sweet coffee. Rich and full on the palate with flavors of black cherries, stewed plums, chocolate and toffee. the wine has a long finish with well-integrated tannins. The wine is an exceptional example of classic Merlot that will age well for many years.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (Dec. 2003) – 90 points
“The 2002 Merlot is a 550-case offering exhibiting aromas of melted fudge, coffee, berries, and dried herbs. Made in a rich, medium to full-bodied style with loads of character and flesh, it will provide immense pleasure over the next decade.”
Orange County Fair, Ca (2005) – Gold Medal Award.
Seavey’s ninth estate-produced Merlot, the 2002, was made from Merlot grapes grown at several different elevations of the vineyard. The growing conditions of 2002 exceeded expectations. Good quantities of rain occurred during the preceding winter, and a long Spring and even-tempered summer allowed the grapes to develop slowly and take all the nourishment that the soil and sun had to offer. The grapes were harvested in late September.
Winemaking style followed classic Bordeaux methods. The grapes were sorted, destemmed and gently lifted into small tanks for fermentation. Following fermentation, the wine was aged in French oak barrels for 18 months before bottling in June 2004.
100% ESTATE GROWN, PRODUCED & BOTTLED, NAPA VALLEY AVA
- Napa Valley
- 100% Merlot
- 550 Cases
- 100% French Oak (50% new)
- 2005 - 2020
- Alcohol %
- Winemaking Team
- Anna Monticelli & Philippe Melka