Seavey Vineyard

Caravina Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.039 ratings
9.07 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
Top Notes For
Jay Kline

Direct from the winery. Popped and poured; consumed over several hours. The bouquet was tart red fruits and tobacco...plus, there was a rather fascinating aroma of braised beef...like an awesome stew with veggies and the whole bit. It was all very nice actually! On the palate, a combination of dark and red fruits; think slightly under-ripened blackberries and red currants. As time went on, it became more red fruited in profile. A little thin and a touch green which is indicative of the vintage. The tannins, which are still very much present, are fairly well integrated at this point. I’m a big fan of Seavey and their Caravina is deserving of being considered one of, if not the best, second wine in Napa. Drink now and enjoy!

Direct from the winery. Popped and poured; consumed over several hours. The bouquet was tart red fruits and tobacco...plus, there was a rather fascinating aroma of braised beef...like an awesome stew with veggies and the whole bit. It was all very nice actually! On the palate, a combination of dark and red fruits; think slightly under-ripened blackberries and red currants. As time went on, it became more red fruited in profile. A little thin and a touch green which is indicative of the vintage. The tannins, which are still very much present, are fairly well integrated at this point. I’m a big fan of Seavey and their Caravina is deserving of being considered one of, if not the best, second wine in Napa. Drink now and enjoy!

Oct 19th, 2019
Luke Morris

Very silky!

Very silky!

2 people found it helpfulOct 29th, 2014
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
Eric Grasser

Lots of green aroma but it's welcoming. Silky, elegant, really approachable for the vintage. Not bursting with fruit but great for meal.

Lots of green aroma but it's welcoming. Silky, elegant, really approachable for the vintage. Not bursting with fruit but great for meal.

Dec 19th, 2015
Rafael Landestoy

Melka wine for a great price. Needs a lot of time but was nice to see what it will be. Not a great vintage but still good.

Melka wine for a great price. Needs a lot of time but was nice to see what it will be. Not a great vintage but still good.

Jun 5th, 2015
Craig Stanfield

Shows the character of the 2011 vintage but a solid wine. Bright, light and elegant.

Shows the character of the 2011 vintage but a solid wine. Bright, light and elegant.

Oct 22nd, 2016
Eric T
8.0

Needs a long decant.

Needs a long decant.

May 13th, 2016
Eric Gardner

Easy to drink house wine

Easy to drink house wine

Feb 17th, 2016
Wulf Losee

Very mild for a Napa cab. Not much nose up front, nice tannins in the middle, though. Slightly tart finish. Not a challenging wine, though.

Very mild for a Napa cab. Not much nose up front, nice tannins in the middle, though. Slightly tart finish. Not a challenging wine, though.

Dec 9th, 2015