$59.95 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt
While winemaking on their estate dates to the 1870s, William and Mary Seavey purchased the property in Conn Valley in 1979, and the pair embarked on a lengthy project to restore the property and replant the vineyard. Mary passed away in 2008, but William still lives on the estate, which is maintained by his five children.
Winemaker Jim Duane earned a master’s degree in enology and viticulture from U.C. Davis, and he has worked at wineries in the Pacific Northwest, New Zealand, France and the Napa Valley (Robert Mondavi Winery and Stag’s Leap Cellars). He joined Seavey as winemaker in 2011, and is fortunate to have French winemaker Philippe Melka assist as consultant.
Winery Tasting Notes: “Strawberry, raspberry and melted red liquorice flavors resonate in the mouth laced with hints of cocoa and cinnamon. Smoky, mouth-coating tannins lead to a rich and long mid-palate. This opulent and round wine has considerable weight and density—a deep and velvety personality that will reveal itself fully over the course of a meal. The 2012 Caravina is ideal for drinking now or over the next 5 to 10 years.”
Robert Parker Review (92 points): “A beauty, the 2012 is more seductive, open-knit, round and opulent in contrast to the bigger, more muscular and masculine Estate. Displaying terrific fruit, the 2012 has the drama and opulence of the vintage well-displayed. Moreover, it is a good value for a 90-point plus Napa cabernet. Drink now-2026.”
Blend: 94% cabernet sauvignon; 3% petit verdot; 3% merlot