Seavey Vineyard

Caravina Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.1179 ratings
9.030 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
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9.3

Seavey makes wines endowed with real personality and character. Credit for this must go to the late founder William Seavey, who left a terrific legacy to the next generation, and Philippe Melka, the estate’s long-time consultant. Seavey’s Caravina is one of very few top tier estate Cabernets in Napa that you can buy and still have plenty of change from a hundred-dollar bill. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Caravina is going to need at least a few years to fully come together. Aromatically expressive and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2014 delivers superb quality and pedigree for the money. Smoke, cedar, tobacco, graphite, tar, licorice ,and dried herbs add the closing shades of nuance. Caravina remains one of the very best values in Napa Valley Cabernet. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Dec 2016)

Seavey makes wines endowed with real personality and character. Credit for this must go to the late founder William Seavey, who left a terrific legacy to the next generation, and Philippe Melka, the estate’s long-time consultant. Seavey’s Caravina is one of very few top tier estate Cabernets in Napa that you can buy and still have plenty of change from a hundred-dollar bill. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Caravina is going to need at least a few years to fully come together. Aromatically expressive and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2014 delivers superb quality and pedigree for the money. Smoke, cedar, tobacco, graphite, tar, licorice ,and dried herbs add the closing shades of nuance. Caravina remains one of the very best values in Napa Valley Cabernet. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Dec 2016)

Oct 12th, 2017
Elizabeth Smith

Holy Cabernet, Batman! Second day open, this 2010 Seavey Vineyard Caravina Cabernet Sauvignon, Seavey Vineyard, is simply lovely, with a soft, round mouthfeel, lush, dark fruit, chocolate, and a spicy finish

Holy Cabernet, Batman! Second day open, this 2010 Seavey Vineyard Caravina Cabernet Sauvignon, Seavey Vineyard, is simply lovely, with a soft, round mouthfeel, lush, dark fruit, chocolate, and a spicy finish

1 person found it helpfulAug 26th, 2015
Chris Morgan

Sommelier The Oceanaire Seafood Room

9.0

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

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

1 person found it helpfulMay 22nd, 2015
Luke Morris

Very silky!

Very silky!

1 person found it helpfulOct 29th, 2014
Scott Barber

Wine Educator Meadowood Napa Valley

9.0

My favorite Melka client and a great value from a hidden gem estate. 2006

My favorite Melka client and a great value from a hidden gem estate. 2006

1 person found it helpfulOct 25th, 2014
David Devan

Great with Brads leftover Lasagna. Bright and Balanced. Great Foodie Wine. Love Seavey #seavey

Great with Brads leftover Lasagna. Bright and Balanced. Great Foodie Wine. Love Seavey #seavey

Jan 4th, 2017
Rafael Landestoy

This was so much better than I remember it and I remember liking it last time. Dark fruit on the nose and palate and could be confused more a much more expensive wine. Loved it!

This was so much better than I remember it and I remember liking it last time. Dark fruit on the nose and palate and could be confused more a much more expensive wine. Loved it!

Oct 16th, 2016
Holly Orchard

Certified Sommelier, President of Savvy Cellar Wines Inc.

9.0

It is Cabernets like this that remind me that the 2011 vintage should not be automatically dismissed as being too cool or problematic. There are definitely herbal notes, and some noticeable bell pepper, but not "greeness" per se. It had a surprising amount of blue and dark fruit at the backend, finishing with some earthiness, sweet tobacco, and some oak. It had a good amount of acid (considering it is a California Cabernet), which made it very food friendly with the skirt steak and chimichurri sauce. There are great values to be found from the 2011 vintage. This would be one of them! It is rare to find a nicely balanced cab with decent acid at this price point. I would go ahead and drink it now and not hold onto it for too long, as I'm not sure it would evolve much, but is very good right now.

It is Cabernets like this that remind me that the 2011 vintage should not be automatically dismissed as being too cool or problematic. There are definitely herbal notes, and some noticeable bell pepper, but not "greeness" per se. It had a surprising amount of blue and dark fruit at the backend, finishing with some earthiness, sweet tobacco, and some oak. It had a good amount of acid (considering it is a California Cabernet), which made it very food friendly with the skirt steak and chimichurri sauce. There are great values to be found from the 2011 vintage. This would be one of them! It is rare to find a nicely balanced cab with decent acid at this price point. I would go ahead and drink it now and not hold onto it for too long, as I'm not sure it would evolve much, but is very good right now.

Aug 7th, 2016
Greg Gregory

PBFW Kostow dinner.

PBFW Kostow dinner.

Apr 3rd, 2016
Sherri Housman

Super elegant Napa Cabernet, blackberries, boysenberries, cloves, vanilla with hints of tobacco in the finish.

Super elegant Napa Cabernet, blackberries, boysenberries, cloves, vanilla with hints of tobacco in the finish.

Mar 16th, 2016