2011 Vintage


Newsletter

The 2011 Napa Valley growing season was the one of the coldest in memory with January through June temperatures ranking well below average. During bloom time, unusually late rains resulted in the threat of shatter which occurs when a grape cluster fails to develop completely during infancy. Our hillside location spared us from any notable loss so that our yield and fruit sizes were only slightly compromised. We feel fortunate, as our mountain fruit experienced much less damage than vineyards on the valley floor.

We at Seaver Vineyards are very grateful for our special location here on Diamond Mountain, but the challenging 2011 season also revealed the importance of our all- star vineyard management team, Barbour Vineyards. As the weather continued to test us with a variety of “pitches”, every pitch was anticipated by the experience and guidance of Barbour Vineyards. To quote Jim Barbour, “These late season passes… allowed us to take advantage of what proved to be a long, cool finish to the season. Although yields were not as high as we would like, there was some very good fruit produced.”

We are pleased to announce that Nancy’s Fancy is back with our 2011 vintage. We are also pleased to announce that the wine has been re-labled “NLS”, which stands for Nancy Lynn Seaver, who has been standing shoulder to shoulder with GTS for 47 years! We felt the NLS needed a more appropriate name for such a rare, attractive wine. We always respect the nuances of what our vineyard produces as our vines mature and we continue to strive for the perfect blending of our Cabernet Sauvignon clones and for the streamlining of our brand and labels.

The 2011 GTS and NLS are our most accessible wines to date. These will be the wines that you drink while you wait for the more moody, powerful 2009 GTS to mature and while anticipating the exciting 2012 and 2013 vintages to be released in the coming years.

And finally, the most exciting news of our 2013 season was Tom’s appearance on the cover of the Wine Spectator’s Cabernet edition in November. We are so proud of the piece and proud to be included in such a prestigious publication. Here is a link to the article if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet {link} or you can visit the News page on our website and find it there. It was a wonderful way to end our 2013 season and reminded us that the spirit that drives Seaver Vineyards has never been stronger and more evident, both on the field and in the front office. While Tom lovingly grooms every tendril and walks every row, all of us at Seaver Vineyards will continue to strive to be the very best so that you, our clients, may enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Cheers!

Tom and Nancy Seaver

Winemaker's Notes

On the whole, 2011 was the toughest, most challenging vintage in recent memory. Early rain, late rain and a wide spread botrytis outbreak wreaked havoc with many sites. Everyone, regardless of location, required expert farming and precise attention to detail. Without it, the vintage could have been a total loss. As it so often happens, location was paramount. Fortunate sites in 2011 were either upvalley or high atop the hills with great exposure, like Seaver. Being near the top of Diamond Mountain, we avoided the valley floor fogs that plagued early October. The shallow soils kept everything dry and intact until we were able to harvest perfectly ripe fruit that required minimal sorting.

The 2011 GTS Estate is slightly brooding as one would expect from a young mountain wine. The fine tannins grab just slightly upon entry leading to blue and black fruits with remarkable depth and purity. The mouthfeel and texture, which are hallmarks of the Estate, are front and center once again. The fruit remains highlighted as the acidity keeps the wine fresh and long through the finish. Decant if drinking near-term.

The NLS, formerly known as Nancy’s Fancy, is the more approachable of the offerings, given in large part to the healthy dose of Clone 7 this wine receives. Dusty and red fruited, structured by lithe natural acidity, one is struck by the completeness of the wine at this early stage. Drink now – 2024.

Thomas Rivers Brown