2016 Merlot 750
“Seavey's 2016 Merlot Estate is powerful, dense and savory, as wines from this Conn Valley estate tend to be. Lavender, sage and tobacco add layers of nuance to this super-expressive Merlot. Far from an easygoing wine, the Seavey Merlot needs time to fully come together. There is so much character and personality here.”
Seavey’s 23rd vintage of single-vineyard estate Merlot comes entirely from grapes grown on the steep hillside blocks of our estate which we have now been farming for 40 years. The 2016 growing season was marked by ideal weather. It started off warm, but July and August were mild, resulting in a long growing season with lots of hang-time which allowed the grapes to progress to perfect ripeness.
Seavey separately harvests, vinifies and ages each vineyard block of our grapes. Our winemaking follows classic Bordeaux methods with whole-berry fermentation. In the cool of the early morning harvest, grapes from our 2016 harvest were promptly de-stemmed and the uncrushed berries were gently transferred 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 whole-berry fermentation, the wine was aged in French oak barrels (33% new) for 20 months before bottling in June of 2018.
100% ESTATE GROWN, PRODUCED & BOTTLED, NAPA VALLEY AVA