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Seavey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2002

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Winemaking followed classic Bordeaux methods. The juice remained in contact with the skins for an average of 14 days and, following malolactic fermentation, was aged in French oak barrels (50% new oak). The 2002 Caravina Cabernet is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. The grapes came from vines planted on several different locations of the south-facing hillside vineyard. "The outstanding 2002 Caravina reveals sweet tannin along with big, full throttle, dense, black currant, loamy soil, chocolate and vanilla flavors. Full-bodied, rich and impressive, this is no ordinary second wine. Drink it over the next 10-14 years." Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: 2.28.05 In this, our fourth year of offering the Caravina Cabernet, we feel the wine has found a specific and following. Lighter and fruitier in its youth, it has no limits to the foods it can be pared with. Caravina means dear vine. The name references our attachment both to all that our vineyard soil produces with great effort, and to our efforts to hand craft the resulting wines with great care. Hand crafting the wine assures the respect the bottled wine so justly deserves. The 2002 Caravina Cabernet is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. The grapes came from our vines planted in several different locations of the south-facing hillside vineyard. Produced using traditional Bordeaux methods, the wine was aged in French oak barrels for 18 months, utilizing a combination of new and used to enhance stylistic fruit characteristics. Tasting Note The 2002 Caravina reveals sweet tannin along with big, dense, black currant, loamy soil, chocolate and vanilla flavors. The grapes were harvested during the first three weeks in October 2002. 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot Oak: French

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Seavey Vineyard:
In the early 1870's, Swiss immigrant Charles Volper acquired a 143 acre parcel along a lovely stream, which flowed down the center of Conn Valley, an eastern spur of the Napa Valley. He planted grapevines on the south facing hillsides, and purchased dairy cattle, which he grazed in the pasture below. He had a handsome stone dairy barn constructed in 1881, the same year he added stone retaining ... Read more
In the early 1870's, Swiss immigrant Charles Volper acquired a 143 acre parcel along a lovely stream, which flowed down the center of Conn Valley, an eastern spur of the Napa Valley. He planted grapevines on the south facing hillsides, and purchased dairy cattle, which he grazed in the pasture below. He had a handsome stone dairy barn constructed in 1881, the same year he added stone retaining walls in support of the bridge across Conn Creek. Charles Volper subsequently entered into a partnership with Georges Crochat, a French immigrant, which they called the Franco-Swiss Farming Company. They built a wooden winery in Volper's large front pasture which borders his entrance trail from Conn Valley Road. Later when the winery burned down they built a stone winery and distillery building on the other side of Volper's entrance trail. When both partners died in 1892, Volper's estate sold his 143 acre parcel to new owners, and it served as a horse and cattle ranch until 1979, when the original Volper 143 acre parcel was purchased by William and Mary Seavey. In 1981, Seavey hired Roy Raymond and his vineyard crew to assist him in replanting the original Volper vineyards. Initially, Seavey sold the resulting grapes to Raymond vineyard and other wineries. From the outset to this day all Seavey Vineyard wiens have been entirely estate produced from Seavey Vineyard grapes. In 1989, the Seaveys renovated the original 1881 stone dairy barn as their winery and tasting room, and in 1990 made their inaugural vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay under the Seavey Vineyard label, adding Merlot in 1994 and their second Cabernet label, Caravina, in 1999. The success of their early vintages encouraged them to expand production, especially of Cabernet Sauvignon, and required construction of a second winery building in 2000.In 2003, the Seaveys installed one of the first solar energy systems used by a Napa Valley winery. The project eliminates 24,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually. The Seavey's current vineyard foreman has lived on the property since 1985; they practice old world grape growing techniques while utilizing modern technology. The Seaveys also raise a small number of beef cattle, whose primary function is to keep the grass down in the hills and front pastures for fire prevention, and which occasionally provide a welcome source of organic beef for family and friends. William Seavey, a native Californian, was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Coronado. He went East to Princeton and Harvard Law School, when he met his wife, Mary, who was at Radcliffe. They lived in Coronado, CA and Geneva, Switzerland before moving to the Bay Area in 1968. The 4 Seavey sons spent high school and college vacations working at the vineyard, and the Seavey daughter and her 2 daughters came out from Boston to help from time to time. Read less

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Snooth User: 97mjr
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0.00 5
03/04/2009

solid offering. cassis, mild oak, firm tannins. will improve, but will not seek more


Snooth User: jamlani
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4.50 5
02/06/2012

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Seavey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/18/2012

The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon (a 1150-case blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot) looks to be a superstar in the making. An impressively deep purple color is followed by a sweet nose of roasted meats, black currants, melted licorice, and ... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2002 Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Readers looking for value in Napa Valley reds need look no further than Seavey's 2007 Caravina. Last year I wrote that it was the finest second wine they had yet made, and now that it's in bottle, I can reiterate - it is a sensational effort. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged 19 months in French oak casks, this 525-case cuvee is a sleeper of the vintage. This silky smooth, inky/purple-colored wine offers up notes of roasted herbs, cedar, chocolate, espresso beans, and black fruits. Sweet, round, opulent, textured, and fleshy, this beauty can be enjoyed now or cellared for 15 more years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The outstanding 2002 Caravina (1600 cases) reveals sweet tannin along with big, full-throttle, dense, black currant, loamy soil, chocolate, and vanilla flavors. Full-bodied, rich, and impressive, this is no ordinary second wine. Drink it over the next 10-14 years.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/01/2013

Performing better than ever, Seavey's 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon (98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot) was made by French winemaking consultant, Philippe Melka. This cuvee comes from dry farmed vineyards tucked on the hillsides of Conn Valley, be... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2002 Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml



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Winemaking followed classic Bordeaux methods. The juice remained in contact with the skins for an average of 14 days and, following malolactic fermentation, was aged in French oak barrels (50% new oak). The 2002 Caravina Cabernet is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. The grapes came from vines planted on several different locations of the south-facing hillside vineyard. "The outstanding 2002 Caravina reveals sweet tannin along with big, full throttle, dense, black currant, loamy soil, chocolate and vanilla flavors. Full-bodied, rich and impressive, this is no ordinary second wine. Drink it over the next 10-14 years." Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: 2.28.05 In this, our fourth year of offering the Caravina Cabernet, we feel the wine has found a specific and following. Lighter and fruitier in its youth, it has no limits to the foods it can be pared with. Caravina means dear vine. The name references our attachment both to all that our vineyard soil produces with great effort, and to our efforts to hand craft the resulting wines with great care. Hand crafting the wine assures the respect the bottled wine so justly deserves. The 2002 Caravina Cabernet is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. The grapes came from our vines planted in several different locations of the south-facing hillside vineyard. Produced using traditional Bordeaux methods, the wine was aged in French oak barrels for 18 months, utilizing a combination of new and used to enhance stylistic fruit characteristics. Tasting Note The 2002 Caravina reveals sweet tannin along with big, dense, black currant, loamy soil, chocolate and vanilla flavors. The grapes were harvested during the first three weeks in October 2002. 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot Oak: French

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