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2018 Cabernet Sauvignon 6.0

2018 Cabernet Sauvignon 6.0

TASTING NOTES

Blackberry, tart cherry, and warm cassis waft from the glass, with notes of nutmeg and black pepper. This dense yet subtle wine has a well-rounded palate of huckleberry, red rope licorice candy, and cherry cola, with bitter chocolate, cinnamon, and a sweet tobacco finish. Time in French oak barrels served to balance this structured and energetic yet surprisingly soft wine. Atypically polished tannins and balanced acidity lead to a weighty, extended finish sure to stand the test of time.


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RATINGS

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Dec. 20) 96 points
"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Seavey Vineyard is incredibly polished and sophisticated in 2018. The Seavey Cabernet usually needs time in bottle, and yet the 2018 is so incredibly appealing today. Although not quite as hefty as it can be, the Cabernet is beautifully persistent, suave and elegant right out of the bottle. Hints of cinnamon, dried flowers, tobacco and leather grace the mid-weight finish."

Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2020) 95 points
“The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is a step up in price and has beautiful and lively notes of red and blue fruits, spring flowers, and violets. Medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured, and elegant, it shows the more pretty, lively style of the vintage and is going to keep for 20 years or more.”

VINEYARD NOTES

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.

PRODUCTION NOTES

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

Appellation
Napa Valley
Blend
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Production
10 Bottles
Barrels
100% French Oak (60% new)
Cellaring
2025 - 2062
Alcohol %
14.5
Winemaking Team
Jim Duane & Philippe Melka

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