2003 Caravina Cabernet 1.5
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (Dec. 2006) - 91 points
"[The 2003 Caravina] offers outstanding richness, a big, scorched earth, Graves-like note intermixed with black currants, plums, chocolate, and earth."
Seavey's fifth estate-produced Caravina Cabernet, the 2003, was made from grapes that came from vines planted in several different locations of the south-facing hillside vineyard. The 2003 growing season was unpredictable and began with heat spikes in March followed by an extremely wet April. A long cool summer followed that allowed the fruit flavors to evolve. Heat spikes in September followed, helping move the harvest forward. The grapes were harvested with low yields (on average 1 to 1.5 tons/acre) from late September to later October.
Winemaking style followed classic Bordeaux methods. Harvested at optimal ripeness, the juice remained in contact with the skins for an average of 14 days and, following malolactic fermentation, was aged in French oak barrels (40% new oak) and bottled in May 2005.
100% ESTATE GROWN, PRODUCED & BOTTLED, NAPA VALLEY AVA