Seavey’s 17th vintage of Caravina—the 2015—is lusciously deep and soft. It opens with notes of raspberry, tart cherry, ganache, cedar and a hint of smokiness, and continues in the mouth with wonderfully bright strawberry and raspberry jam flavors. The wine has significant texture and grip that carry through to the end of the finish. Dynamic and spirited, this wine is wonderfully accessible now but its lively, open energy reveals a layered experience that will surely evolve with time.
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Jeb Dunnuck (Dec. 2017) - 91 points
“[T]he 2015 Caravina…gives up outstanding notes of currants and black raspberry fruit intermixed with hints of crushed violets and licorice. With medium to full-bodied richness, fine tannin and impeccable balance, it will keep for 10-12 years (or more)…I continue to love the wines from Jim Duane (Philippe Melka consults) and there’s a classic, old-school style there, yet the wines never lack for purity, elegance, or fruit. In addition, there’s an incredible track record for the wines not only lasting in the cellar, but also improving.”
The 2015 growing season was marked by generally warm weather, limited rainfall, and an early harvest. The resulting yields were lower than average, but this translated into very concentrated wines with lots of personality. Our Caravina is made from grapes sourced from a unique tapestry of steep hillside blocks in the vineyard notable for their intense and youthful flavors.
In the cool of the early morning, we harvested our grapes each day as they matured, proceeding to separately vinify and age each vineyard block. Following classic Bordeaux methods, we promptly destemmed the berries and then gently transferred the whole berries 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 for 20 months before bottling in June 2017.
100% ESTATE GROWN, PRODUCED & BOTTLED, NAPA VALLEY AVA