Thursday, March 27, 2008

2003 Seavey Vineyards Napa Valley

I'm on my way home and I can't think of a reason not to get those two bottles of 2003 Seavey out of the cellar - they are just ... calling to me. We visited Seavey in January 2007. It was a bright cold day in the valley and we were driving up Howell Mountain and I was certain we were lost. Then we stopped by the side of the road and took this picture, and I remembered that Napa Valley time isn't the same as NYC time and the good folks at Seavey probably wouldn't care (or notice) if we were 15 or 20 minutes late for a Friday morning tasting.

William and Mary Seavey began to estate bottle their Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon in 1990. Today, they have 40 acres under vine, overseen by vineyard foreman Mario Guitierrez, and winemaker Mathew Reid. Philippe Melka is Seavey's blue chip flying rainmaker - I wonder if he's necessary.These are all "full throttle" expressions of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. I sometimes wonder if they're not overdone. But on a deliciousness scale, they score incredibly well.

2003 Seavey Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay - $40 - 2-3 stars. Very pale gold with pale green-straw tinge. Mellow apple, cucumber, and lemon/lime/Sprite nose. Mellow caramel overtones with a nutty, fig palate and some vanilla on exit. Extremely pleasant today. Previously a 2 star wine, but today this came at me full steam.

2003 Seavey Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - $85 - 3 stars. Very deep plum purple color and an iridescent opacity. Huge nose - Menthol, abundant cola, damp earth, lightly crushed black pepper, and cinnamon. There's nothing held back on the attack, either. Licorice, menthol/mint and still more cola notes, with perfumed wild berries, and a volcanic flow of chocolate and caramel/toffee coat the palate. The finish lasts forever and then keeps going.
Both Seavey's wines tasted beautifully today, but looking at these pictures of Napa, somehow that doesn't surprise me.

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