Seavey Vineyard Caravina Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

$65

Robert Parker has called Caravina, "perhaps the best second wine in all of Napa Valley", and we agree.  One of the best Cabs under $60 we've found.  2012 marks Seavey Vineyard’s 15th vintage of estate-produced Caravina Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes for this wine were sourced from a unique tapestry of steep hillside blocks all from the estate vineyard.  Warm aromas from a dark fruit galette of plum and blackberry, gently wrapped in a waft of rose petals, resonate in the mouth. Neither opulent nor heavy, but revealing lively concentration and intensity, this wine exemplifies the savoriness of this unique growing season—a special profile that is unlikely to be repeated. The texture of this wine is soft, with an intriguing long-lived finish that reveals this wine’s subtle complexity and harmony. This wine is ideal for drinking now or over the next 5-10 years. 92 Points Robert Parker: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Caravina is composed of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. It sees only 40% new oak, and it is the largest production offering. 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...This estate, tucked away in Conn Valley behind the famous Meadowood Resort, still remains somewhat under-the-radar. Big, rich, ageworthy Cabernet Sauvignons have been produced at Seavey since the early 1990s. French consultant Philippe Melka has done a fabulous job getting the tannins under control, and since he has been in charge, the wines are consistently brilliant."

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Ratings on Delectable

Carl Fischer Delectable Pro

Red fruit, cherries and cigar box on the nose. The palate is layered with an initial juicy burst of strawberry and cherries, that are followed with hints of tobacco and chocolate and a somewhat tart, long finish. The tannins are a bit tough but not overwhelming and there is great acidity. Popped and poured.

Red fruit, cherries and cigar box on the nose. The palate is layered with an initial juicy burst of strawberry and cherries, that are followed with hints of tobacco and chocolate and a somewhat tart, long finish. The tannins are a bit tough but not overwhelming and there is great acidity. Popped and poured.

9.4

Chris Morgan Delectable Pro

Sommelier The Oceanaire Seafood Room

Great QPR. Glad to see Seavey on the front label.

Great QPR. Glad to see Seavey on the front label.

9.0

Christian Bronstein

Needs more time to evolve, but enjoyed none-the-less

Needs more time to evolve, but enjoyed none-the-less

9.1

Brian Messineo

First time with Seavey's 2nd wine. Red fruits a hint of smoke and some sweetness on the finish.

First time with Seavey's 2nd wine. Red fruits a hint of smoke and some sweetness on the finish.

8.8

Mike Szilagyi

Light, airy, decent finish, nice subtle flavors - no complaints. Nice Napa cab for the price point.

Light, airy, decent finish, nice subtle flavors - no complaints. Nice Napa cab for the price point.

9.0

Brett Rogosin

So darn good and drinkable and silky at such a young age. The pallet is full of flavor. You can taste the levels of earth and berry. Great with the pork chop I had for dinner. I wish I had more right now.

So darn good and drinkable and silky at such a young age. The pallet is full of flavor. You can taste the levels of earth and berry. Great with the pork chop I had for dinner. I wish I had more right now.

9.6

Brett Rogosin

Very drinkable now. About 30 or so minutes post decant it was solid out of the blocks. Earth elements, old world structure, terroir driven. A bit of vanilla on the nose. Very solid. Can drink this all day every day.

Very drinkable now. About 30 or so minutes post decant it was solid out of the blocks. Earth elements, old world structure, terroir driven. A bit of vanilla on the nose. Very solid. Can drink this all day every day.

9.3

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Young, with sweet fruit, vanilla, and minimal tannin. Doesn't bear a lot of resemblance to any other Seavey I've had. Tasty but not one to cellar.

Young, with sweet fruit, vanilla, and minimal tannin. Doesn't bear a lot of resemblance to any other Seavey I've had. Tasty but not one to cellar.

8.9

Ronnie Fung

Gina

Gina

8.7

Anne Burke Baldridge

Beautiful, full-bodied classic Cabernet!

Beautiful, full-bodied classic Cabernet!

9.3

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