2019 Caravina Cabernet 750
“The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Caravina is a knock-out in 2019. Rich and ample, with terrific vibrancy, the Caravina captures all the best qualities of the year. Crushed rocks, tobacco, red cherry fruit, leather, scorched, earth and dried herbs lend notable complexity throughout. This deceptively mid-weight Cabernet packs a ton of punch. I loved it.”
The base 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Caravina is a terrific value and I’d be happy owning bottles. Cassis, violets, tobacco, new leather, and even a touch of salty mineral emerge from the glass, and it’s medium to full-bodied, round, textured, and balanced on the palate. It will keep nicely for 10-15 years, although there’s no need to delay gratification.
Seavey’s 21st vintage, single-vineyard Caravina Cabernet comes entirely from grapes grown on the steep hillside blocks of our estate, which we have been farming for over forty years. 2019 started with a wet winter carrying through to late spring, allowing for a lavish canopy. Summer was met with canopy management to allow the sunshine from our high degree days to reach the berries, advancing ripening. The growing conditions continued with steady sun during the day and cooler marine influences at night. The result speaks through the freshness of this vintage. Our 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. Following whole-berry fermentation, the wine was aged in French oak barrels (41% new) for 20 months before bottling in June 2021.
100% ESTATE GROWN, PRODUCED & BOTTLED, NAPA VALLEY AVA