Just the kind of dark, dense deliciousness that Gomez Adams would pour for Morticia, Caravina is one of the most distinctive wines you’ll find in the Valley. 100% estate grown, produced and bottled, this tells a story of the terroir and the vintage that’ll have you begging for another chapter. Deep and expressive, with superb fruit density and excellent structure, this may be designed for more immediate enjoyment than the straight Cabernet, but it packs a deceptive punch.
Seavey Winery is firing on all cylinders. This gorgeous hillside vineyard in Conn Valley behind Meadowood resort is producing truly elite wines, entirely from their estate vineyards. It’s also thanks to Philippe Melka, a consulting winemaker who made his name at no less than Château Haut Brion, Dominus Estate, and Petrus, and today consults for the likes of Hundred Acre, Vineyard 29, and Lail. The guy is a pro, and Seavey was his first consulting gig in the Napa Valley.
Brought up in one-third new oak, it boasts a deep purple color as well as brilliant notes of black fruits, ground herbs, charcoal embers, and graphite. The goal with this cuvée is to make a more upfront, earlier-drinking wine, and while it’s certainly more approachable than the straight Cabernet Sauvignon, this puppy has depth, structure, and length, and is a beautiful wine in its own right.
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Caravina is one of the most distinctive Napa Valley wines in its price range, or any price range, for that matter. Pliant, deep and expressive, with superb fruit density, the Caravina punches well above its weight. Mineral and savory notes add shades of nuance to a core of resonant dark red cherry fruit. All the elements are impeccably balanced.