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2012 Founders' Reserve
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2012 Founders' Reserve

“This wine provides our loyal customers with a peek behind the curtain at Seavey. Each year, we have special wine lots that because of their small size are only known to us in house.  The opportunity to honor Bill and Mary with Seavey’s 25th vintage was the impetus to make the extra efforts to capture this very limited and unique wine.” -Jim Duane, Winemaker    

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100% Estate Grown, Produced & Bottled, Napa Valley AVA

Blend:                   100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Production:           50 cases of 750ml bottles
Alcohol:                 14.8%
Barrels:                 100% French Oak (60% new)
Cellaring:               25+ years                                

The Founders’ Reserve is a tribute to Seavey’s original founders, William and Mary Seavey, honoring their steadfast love of the land and their dedication to creating masterful wines with a sense of place. Taste the essence of our steep hillside vineyards, the history of our land, and the passion of our family for making age-worthy Cabernets.

A handcrafted estate reserve wine, Seavey 2012 Founders’ Reserve was made from four specific acres of hillside terraced blocks overlooking beautiful Lake Hennessey. Crafted with whole berry fermentation, this 50-case lot has been distinctive from the beginning, showing notable layers of flavor, robust yet elegant tannins, and deep, complex concentration. This profoundly rewarding wine – held back for aging for over three and a half years – is at once broad, expansive and layered. 

It is a privilege to honor William and Mary with our inaugural vintage of Seavey’s Founders’ Reserve, an exclusive collector’s wine for our club members. 

Production Team
Winemaker:                                  Jim Duane
Consultant Winemaker:                Philippe Melka
Vineyard Manager:                       Benjamin Leachman


“The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon William and Mary Founder’s Reserve (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) comes from the oldest dry-farmed vines on the property. Dense as well as elegant with sweet tannin, it is a collector’s item since it has never been made before. There are only 50 cases of this beauty...”
  -  94+ pts, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 2014
“Dark and explosive in the glass, the Reserve is bursting at the seams with intensity and nuance. Graphite, smoke, licorice, tobacco and savory herbs are laced in the structured finish. Although production is tiny, there is little doubt the Reserve is quite different in style than the straight Cabernet Sauvignon. Perhaps most importantly, readers who can find the Reserve should be prepared to cellar it for at least a handful of years.
  -  94 pts, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2014 

Wine Specs

Vintage 2012
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation Seavey Vineyard
Aging 2016 - 2032 +
Fermentation Whole Berry
Bottling Date 6/2014
Alcohol % 14.8