Seavey Vineyard

Franco-Swiss Terrace Reserve
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2018 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 22 | Lot No. 14
Vintage: 2016

Seavey Vineyard

Franco-Swiss Terrace Reserve

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced


  • A tribute to Franco-Swiss Cellars, the 19th-century company that first cultivated our estate
  • Philippe Melka and Jim Duane built this beauty from our sustainably farmed estate
  • A superb, age-worthy estate Cabernet Sauvignon with rich, impressive depth and aromatic expressiveness
  • Blended from our top three 2016 barrels, each sourced from our historic terraced blocks


Seavey is pleased to offer a handcrafted estate wine of superb intensity and richness, blended from our three top barrels of 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep and powerful, this graceful wine exudes the impressive depth, harmony and concentrated flavors for which Seavey is known. The grapes for this wine were sourced from our historic south-facing, terraced blocks, home to our oldest vines. Our hillsides were first planted to grapes over 150 years ago by three industrious French and Swiss-German families who together established the Franco-Swiss Wine Cellars, one of Napa’s largest pre-Prohibition wineries. In 1882, the St. Helena Star reported: “The (Franco-Swiss) vineyards are models of good care and excellent cultivation. They removed great rocks, and find beneath some of the finest vineyard land in the world. The quality of grapes is evidenced by the wines now in the cellar, one of which we have rarely seen equaled.” Brimming with integrated tannins and outstanding color, this is a collector’s wine destined to age gracefully for decades. This wine is a tribute to the pioneering 19th century families that made Seavey possible, and we are honored to continue farming these terraced hillsides and making wine in classic “Old Napa Valley” style.

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
  • Wine is produced in a Napa Green winery

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.

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Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery Napa Green Winery 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Premiere Napa Valley 23
Ovid. Napa Valley 2016 Red Wine Napa Valley MMXVI 22
Seavey Vineyard Napa Green Winery 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Franco-Swiss Terrace Reserve 22
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