About The Producer
Seavey is known for handcrafting wines of exceptional depth, elegance and restraint, and with an uncommon ability to age. Our grapes are grown entirely on our family-run estate vineyard and the wine does not leave the property until it is in bottle. We look forward to offering you a taste of wine made in the finest classical tradition, and a glimpse of a vineyard and winery operation that is reminiscent of the “Old Napa Valley.”
About The Wine
-302 cases produced
-Winemaking Team: Jim Duane & Philippe Melka
Seavey’s 23rd vintage of single-vineyard estate Merlot comes entirely from grapes grown on the steep hillside blocks of our estate which we have now been farming for 40 years. The 2016 growing season was marked by ideal weather. It started off warm, but July and August were mild, resulting in a long growing season with lots of hang-time which allowed the grapes to progress to perfect ripeness.
Seavey separately harvests, vinifies and ages each vineyard block of our grapes. Our winemaking follows classic Bordeaux methods with whole-berry fermentation. In the cool of the early morning harvest, grapes from our 2016 harvest were promptly de-stemmed and the uncrushed berries were gently transferred into fermentation tanks. In order to carefully manage the tannins and resulting wine texture, the grapes were neither crushed nor run through a pump. Following whole-berry fermentation, the wine was aged in French oak barrels (33% new) for 20 months before bottling in June of 2018.
Grape / Blend
95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Seavey’s 2016 Merlot leads with a nose rich with aromas of pomegranates, plums, cherries, and toasted coffee beans. On the palate, the wine is rich, powerful and herbaceous with hints of luxurious black fruits, chocolate, and leather. This Merlot offers an intriguing mix of rugged, masculine fruit from our steep hillside vineyards and more fragrant feminine fruit from our loamy soils resulting in a balanced wonderfully aromatic wine with a creamy and lush mouthfeel.
94 Points - Wine Enthusiast
The winery's 23rd vintage of this wine, made from hillside-grown grapes on its estate, this sings in earthy herbalness, an effortless mix of pencil shavings, cedar and compost. Complex, structured and ultimately elegant, it offers smooth layers of pomegranate, red cherry and a depth of dark chocolate.
93 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous
“Seavey’s 2016 Merlot Estate is powerful, dense and savory, as wines from this Conn Valley estate tend to be. Lavender, sage and tobacco add layers of nuance to this super-expressive Merlot. Far from an easygoing wine, the Seavey Merlot needs time to fully come together. There is so much character and personality here.” Antonio Galloni, Vinous – 93 points
Product size: 750ml