Sometimes taking a chance on an unproven talent can yield huge dividends. When Bill and Mary Seavey hired a young winemaker from Bordeaux in 1995, they couldn’t have known that they would be launching the career of one of Napa Valley’s most respected winemaking talents in Philippe Melka. Philippe’s résumé reads like a laundry list of critical darlings, and the likes of Robert Parker regularly give his wines very high marks. But for all his success, Philippe never forgot the opportunity that the Seavey’s provided… while his services are in serious demand, Philippe has promised to make their wine for as long as they want him in the cellar.
The property is a throwback to a simpler time. The winery itself is a 19th-century stone building with a very interesting past (rumor has it that it once housed a brothel during the Gold Rush era). Cows and horses are corralled along the driveway, and things seem to move at a slower pace. Bill love of Bordeaux guided the original planting decisions, and the vines are at a perfect age to balance flavor, vigor and quality. Then it’s off to the cellar where Monsieur Melka starts working another batch of magic.
Current Offerings From Seavey:
2010 Seavey 'Caravina' Cabernet Sauvignon NapaThe 2010 Caravina is a love letter to what Napa Cab can become with a little extra TLC. Robert Parker has called Caravina “perhaps the best second wine in all of Napa Valley.” Drenched with flavors of bright red and black fruits...
2002 Seavey 'Caravina' Cabernet Sauvignon Napa ValleyThe 2002 Caravina is a love letter to what Napa Cabernet can become with a little TLC and time in the bottle....
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