2018 Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5
Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2020) 95 points
Seavey’s 28th vintage of single-vineyard estate Cabernet Sauvignon comes from grapes grown on steep hillside blocks, which we have now been farming for over forty years. The 2018 year began with steady February rainfall, followed by a mild spring and early summer. The growing conditions were near-ideal, with steady sun during the day and cooler marine influences at night. The result was an impressively generous crop. Our Cabernet grapes were harvested in late September and early October.
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 2018 harvest were promptly de-stemmed. In order to carefully manage the tannins and resulting wine texture, the uncrushed berries were gently transferred into fermentation tanks. Following fermentation, the wine was aged in French oak barrels (60% new) for 20 months before bottling in June 2020.
100% ESTATE GROWN, PRODUCED & BOTTLED, NAPA VALLEY AVA