International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90($74) Medium ruby. Aromas of roasted plum and currant, with notes of butter and caramel. Sweet, lush and large-scaled if a bit unrefined. Shows some distinctly roasted notes that may come from some dehydrated merlo t. Finishes with big, somewhat aggressive tannins that show a bit of dryness. Winemaker Philippe Melka fined the wine prior to bottling.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2005
Wine Spectator | Rating: 82A distinct espresso bean and nutmeg scent adds a flavor dimension but also a touch of dryness, with hints of currant and berry. But the finish ends up very dry and robs the fruit of its chance to shine. A disappointing effort from this producer; two bottles were much worse.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 97Performing better than ever, Seavey's 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon (98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot) was made by French winemaking consultant, Philippe Melka. This cuvee comes from dry farmed vineyards tucked on the hillsides of Conn Valley, behind the famous Meadowood Resort. This vineyard's history goes back to the 1870s. The 2002 was tight and tannic when first released (not unusual for young Seavey Cabernet Sauvignons), but it has sweetened up beautifully. The color remains an opaque, murky plum/garnet/purple and the bouquet reveals notes of volcanic scorched earth, melted chocolate, licorice and a jus de viande smell (or is it bouquet garni?). Full-bodied and rich with tell-tale cassis, blackberries, plums and foresty notes, this massive, masculine wine is built for those with cold cellars and long lifelines. Forget it for another 5-10 years and drink it over the following 25. It is no doubt a 50-year wineAuthor: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 4Author: tommy
Self | Rating: 94Author: Red Sox Fan
Self | Rating: 93This is a big, complex wine that is tasty now but still tannic. It can last another decade. Well balanced with great mouth feel.Drink Dates: 2008-2020Author: Serl Z
Seavey wines are very well-received by critics and fans alike, and since the inaugural 1990 vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, all Seavey Vineyard grapes are used exclusively for the estate produced wines.
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 420 bottles owned
- 78 collectors
- Average collector rating: 92
(Out of 78 collectors)