Seavey Vineyard Napa Valley
As with ANDERSONS CONN VALLEY, this small property shows the excellent potential for this vineyard area in the foothills to the east of St Helena. The Seaveys purchased the property in 1979 but its origins go back a 100 years before that. The original stone barn on the property has been renovated and is now used as both the winery and tasting room. Up until 1990 all the fruit was sold on but after completing a major replanting program the Seaveys decided to produce their own wines. There are 16 ha (40 acres) overlooking Lake Hennessey and the south-east facing slopes provide naturally low-yielding fruit of excellent quality. As well as their top flight Cabernet Sauvignon, they also produce a Chardonnay, Merlot as well as a second estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Caravina. The Cabernet Sauvignon has been a model of consistency throughout the last 20 plus years and is one of the best examples in the appellation. When compared with many of their neighbours it is very fairly priced. It includes a small amount of Petit Verdot and sometimes Merlot is blended in depending on the conditions of the year. The wine is traditionally vinified in stainless steel and aged in oak for 18 to 19 months. True to the poised, structured style of the wine the oak is never overdone and varies between one-third and a half new wood. It is ripe and full with lovely cassis notes and a subtle cedary quality and deserves cellaring for at least 6 or 7 years. (DM)
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