1999 Merlot 1.5
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (Aug. 2002) - 88 points
"The 1999 Merlot (230 cases of 100% Merlot) exhibits aromas of dried herbs, roasted espresso, earth, black cherries, and chocolate...[R]ich, medium-bodied, and moderately tannic..."
Seavey's sixth estate-produced Merlot, the 1999, was made from Merlot grapes grown primarily on a gradually sloping east-facing block near the top of the vineyard. TThe 1999 vintage, like the 1997, benefited from a long, cool growing season followed by higher than average temperatures in late September. Harvest during the first three weeks of October allowed for extended hang-time, and this enhanced the wine's good balance and rich concentration of fruit flavors.
Winemaking style followed classic Bordeaux methods. Following fermentation, the wine was aged in French oak barrels (40% new oak) for 18 months before bottling on May 24, 2001.
100% ESTATE GROWN, PRODUCED & BOTTLED, NAPA VALLEY AVA