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2019 Cabernet Sauvignon

2019 Cabernet Sauvignon


Elegant and refined, the 2019 Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon features flavors of black plum, iron, and cola in perfect balance with its tannins. Hints of pepper and grilled meat generously coat the palate, enhanced by aromas of blackberry-pie filling, cassis, with a touch of toasted walnut. These flavors lift and expand into an alluringly long finish. A full-bodied yet focused wine, winemaker Jim Duane says this vintage of our flagship Cabernet Sauvignon’s expression is “classic Seavey” in style. This wine is incredible now but is sure to gracefully soften with age offering those with patience the ultimate reward.

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Jeb Dunnuck (Mar. 2022) 97 points
"The flagship 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is brilliant and reminds me of a top Saint-Julien. All Cabernet Sauvignon... this medium to full-bodied effort is pure class, offering ample cassis fruit as well as notes of lead pencil shavings, leafy herbs, graphite, and damp earth. Perfectly balanced, with ripe, silky tannins and a great finish, it’s one of those wines that already offers immense pleasure yet has the capacity to evolve gracefully for 25-30 years. Bravo!"
Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Jan. 2022) 97 points
"The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Seavey Vineyard is sumptuous, inky and explosive yet retains the structure that makes the Seavey wines so distinctive and compelling. Red/purplish fruit, spice, leather, tobacco and a touch of new oak all meld together in this effortless, absolutely compelling Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2019 is positively stellar."
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate (Mar. 2021) 95-97 points
"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate bursts from the glass with bombastic scents of crème de cassis, blackberry pie and mulberries plus hints of chocolate box, beef drippings and tree bark with a waft of graphite. Full-bodied, the palate is densely laden with crunchy black fruits, supported by ripe, fine-grained tannins and lovely freshness, finishing long and earthy."


Seavey’s 29th vintage of single-vineyard estate Cabernet Sauvignon comes exclusively from grapes grown on our steep hillside blocks, which we have now been farming for over forty years. The 2019 growing season began with a wet winter carrying through to late spring, allowing for a lavish canopy. During the summer we managed the canopy to allow the sunshine from our high degree days to reach the berries, advancing ripening. The late summer provided temperate growing conditions and ample hang time with steady sun during the day and cooler marine influences at night. The Cabernet grapes were harvested in late September and early October.


Following classic Bordeaux methods, we separately harvest and vinify each vineyard block. In the cool of the early morning, grapes from our 2019 harvest were promptly de-stemmed, and the uncrushed berries were gently transferred into fermentation tanks to carefully manage the tannins and resulting wine texture. Whole-berry fermentation was met with ongoing power shut-offs, leading the cellar crew to continue fermentations using power from our tractor-run generator. Following fermentation, the wine was aged in French oak barrels (65% new) for 20 months before bottling in June 2021.



Napa Valley
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
964 Cases
100% French Oak (65% new)
2026 - 2063
Alcohol %
Winemaking Team
Jim Duane & Philippe Melka

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