Seavey Vineyard

Masochist’s Hill
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2013 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 17 | Lot No. 178
Vintage: 2011

Seavey Vineyard

Masochist’s Hill

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced


2011 marked the 29th vintage we grew Cabernet Sauvignon on our beloved estate. Three vineyard blocks have distinguished themselves having the greatest intensity, tannin structure, body and aromatics. Blocks 17 and 18 provide the Cabernet Sauvignon backbone of the blend. Block 19 lends Petit Verdot’s dark inky hue, supportive tannin structure and floral aromatics. These neighboring blocks are perched high atop our property on a knee-breaking and virtually inaccessible southern-facing hillside, earning it the nickname “Masochist’s Hill.” The soils contain more rock than loam and are heavily peppered with boulders, thin soil and rattlesnakes. We reap less than one ton per acre from each block. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot. William A. Seavey, Proprietor; Philippe Melka, Consultant Winemaker; and Jim Duane, Winemaker

Aging Process

Aged for 18 months in 100% French oak (50% new).

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Jim Duane

Winemaker, Seavey Vineyard

Winemaker, Jim Duane

Jim has led Seavey's winemaking since 2011 after stints at Robert Mondavi Winery and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars where he became inspired to focus on Bordeaux varietals. Jim combines rich knowledge of winemaking from around the world with deep technical understanding of vineyards and wine, receiving his Master's Degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis.

About Seavey, Jim says: "I delight in the rugged terraces and steep vineyards here, which provide constant opportunities to refine our cultivation methods, And in our small team's relentless pursuit of crafting unmistakable, world-class wines."

Country born: United States

Education: Education: Gonzaga University, UC Davis,
Foreign Study: Malborough, New Zealand
Previous Experience: Robert Mondavi, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
Mentor: Philippe Melka

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
We have an intense focus explicitly on our estate vineyards. We take great pride in farming our hillside vineyards and caring for the wines the vineyards provide. Our efforts in the winery are to shepherd the wines' development and showcase the expression of each vintage.

Claremont Country Club

5295 Broadway Terrace
Oakland  CA  94618


Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
Seavey Vineyard 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Masochist’s Hill 17
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