Seavey Vineyard

Caravina Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.218 ratings
9.26 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
Antonio Galloni

Founder, Vinous

9.3

A superb example of Conn Valley Cabernet. Love the energy, focus and drive. Just starting to drink well. Tasted during our St. Helena & Conn Valley Vinous Learn masterclass.

A superb example of Conn Valley Cabernet. Love the energy, focus and drive. Just starting to drink well. Tasted during our St. Helena & Conn Valley Vinous Learn masterclass.

Jul 12th, 2020
Jay Kline

This note is really about potential more than anything else. I found this bottle to be waaaaay to young. It’s got the fruit and the structure to be outstanding but it’s just too primary; all knees and elbows. I would hold these for another few years before checking back in.

This note is really about potential more than anything else. I found this bottle to be waaaaay to young. It’s got the fruit and the structure to be outstanding but it’s just too primary; all knees and elbows. I would hold these for another few years before checking back in.

Dec 16th, 2019
Shay A
9.4

Day 2 of Napa in the books!

This was really good. At close to half the price of their flagship cab, this is a winner. Dark, herbal and even some smoked meat notes here. More savory in style (Bordeaux like) than most Napa cabs. Underbrush, cedar, cassis, plum and tobacco. Great wine.

Day 2 of Napa in the books!

This was really good. At close to half the price of their flagship cab, this is a winner. Dark, herbal and even some smoked meat notes here. More savory in style (Bordeaux like) than most Napa cabs. Underbrush, cedar, cassis, plum and tobacco. Great wine.

Feb 2nd, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

On the nose; bright red & dark fruits, dark currants, coffee roast, boysenberries, blackberries, dark dry cherries, heavy black plum & black raspberries, limestone, dry herbs, dark rich soil, the core of anise, tobacco leaf, graphite, dry stems, mixed berry cola, black tea, violets, lavender and dark mixed fresh floral bouquet.

The body is full. The tannins are big & sticky. The structure and tension are big as well. The length and balance is nice for a wine this young. Very dark currants, coffee roast, boysenberries, blackberries, dark dry cherries, heavy black plum & black raspberries, limestone, dry herbs, dark rich soil, the core of anise, tobacco leaf, loads of graphite, leather, wood shavings, underbrush, dry clay, dry crushed rocks, mixed berry cola, black tea, very light baking spices, soft dark spice, fresh violets, lavender and dark mixed fresh floral bouquet. The acidity is round & beautiful. The big, long finish is elegant with palate sticky tannins and goes on for minutes. This one will be even better with another 12-15 years in bottle.

Photos of, the barn where they make wine and host tastings, the staircase that leads to Williams old office and showcases that late 1800’s architecture...now a private tasting room, dining room for small events & tasting and a very old piece of equipment converted into a planter box that decorates their grounds.

On the nose; bright red & dark fruits, dark currants, coffee roast, boysenberries, blackberries, dark dry cherries, heavy black plum & black raspberries, limestone, dry herbs, dark rich soil, the core of anise, tobacco leaf, graphite, dry stems, mixed berry cola, black tea, violets, lavender and dark mixed fresh floral bouquet.

The body is full. The tannins are big & sticky. The structure and tension are big as well. The length and balance is nice for a wine this young. Very dark currants, coffee roast, boysenberries, blackberries, dark dry cherries, heavy black plum & black raspberries, limestone, dry herbs, dark rich soil, the core of anise, tobacco leaf, loads of graphite, leather, wood shavings, underbrush, dry clay, dry crushed rocks, mixed berry cola, black tea, very light baking spices, soft dark spice, fresh violets, lavender and dark mixed fresh floral bouquet. The acidity is round & beautiful. The big, long finish is elegant with palate sticky tannins and goes on for minutes. This one will be even better with another 12-15 years in bottle.

Photos of, the barn where they make wine and host tastings, the staircase that leads to Williams old office and showcases that late 1800’s architecture...now a private tasting room, dining room for small events & tasting and a very old piece of equipment converted into a planter box that decorates their grounds.

1 person found it helpfulOct 10th, 2018
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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)

1 person found it helpfulOct 12th, 2017
David Bettencourt

Blue cheese, smoke and leather hit you on the nose. Black currants come through at the end. Finish is a little tight and short with thin fruit. Let’s see how it opens up.

Blue cheese, smoke and leather hit you on the nose. Black currants come through at the end. Finish is a little tight and short with thin fruit. Let’s see how it opens up.

Dec 4th, 2020
Matt Austin

Owner/Winemaker, Grosgrain Vineyards, Walla Walla, WA

9.0

Matt had this 3 years ago

Matt had this 3 years ago

Apr 4th, 2018
Peggy Hadley

Peggy had this a year ago

Peggy had this a year ago

Jul 31st, 2020
Linda Ball

Linda had this a year ago

Linda had this a year ago

Jul 25th, 2020
AJ Trommello

AJ had this a year ago

AJ had this a year ago

Jul 12th, 2020