Seavey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
The outstanding 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon, produced from an extremely small crop, is an example of what the Napa Cabernet Sauvignon producers are jokingly saying is "another fine wine from a bad vintage." A rich, full-bodied, dense effort on a fast evolutionary track, the 1998 is loaded with chocolatey, black cherry, and cassis fruit, an open-knit, sexy, expansive texture, outstanding concentration and purity, low acidity, and a fat, chewy finish. It will be drinkable upon release, yet promises to age well for 12-15 years.
Dark and ripe, with chewy tannins wrapped around a solid core of earthy currant, mineral, sage, tobacco and blackberry. Complex and concentrated, it exhibits the dry tannins evident in so many 1998s. Drink now through 2008. 1,250 cases made.