This wine delivers complexities of bright red fruit on the entry, followed by blackberry, blueberry, leather, rose petals, dried violets, currant, cross-fit strength fruits and layered dark cocoa. Savory baking spices of allspice, clove, cardamom, incense, graphite and French roast continue through the palate with support from a firm, yet approachable, tannin structure. A patient approach to this wine will be rewarded as the aromatics unveil themselves in your glass and on your palate during a lengthy and complex 80-second finish. This is not a wine to rush through but rather to savour.
Stephen Tanzer's IWC
, Jan 2013, 88
(100% cabernet sauvignon): Good full red-ruby. Aromas of black raspberry, mocha, coffee, licorice and mint, plus a whiff of minerals. On the lean side and dry on the palate, with its sweet vanillin oak currently dominating dark fruit and mineral flavors. I get an impression of incomplete ripeness here. Finishes with dry-edged tannins.
, Oct 2013, 91
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Caravina is a selection made by Philippe Melka that is, in essence, a second wine. Melka is going for a more forward, early drinking, consumer-friendly wine, and this wine achieves those goals. It offers abundant notes of licorice, roasted herbs, forest floor and damp, loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied, soft, round, pure and impressive, it can be drunk now and over the next 15+ years.
This Conn Valley winery continues to impress with their full throttle, ageworthy Cabernet Sauvignons made with the consulting assistance of Philippe Melka. The vineyards are all dry-farmed hillside sites and as Melka has told me many times, the biggest issue with the Seavey vineyards is trying to control the formidable tannins that emerge in nearly every vintage. 2010 is certainly their strongest vintage since 2008 and 2007.
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, Nov 2013, 90
Supple-textured, with ripe, fleshy red berry fruit and touches of raspberry, cranberry and currant. Well-proportioned, this ends with a smooth, tapered finish. Drink now through 2021. 975 cases made.–JL
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