Our 2009 Grigsby Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a classically beautiful Napa Valley Cabernet. The overall impression is one of exceptional fruit purity and uncommon elegance, a perfect demonstration of the balance and grace of the finest wines from this special vintage.
On the nose, deep aromas of black cherries, blackberries and ripe raspberries mix with hints of cocoa powder, graphite, spring flowers, and a significant note of minerality. Waves of rich, pure fruit dominate the wine’s approach, and carry through across a charmingly soft, round mid-palate. The smooth, velvety tannins that are Rocca’s hallmark provide the substance and structure for a lingering, palate-coating finish of luscious black cherry and spicy oak flavors.
Double Gold, Best Cabernet of Show, SF International Wine Competition;
Double Gold/Best In Category, 2014 Houston Rodeo Wine Competition;
Double Gold, 2013 American Fine Wine Competition;
Gold Medal, 7th Annual Cabernet Shootout;
Gold Medal, Sunset International Wine Competition;
Our Grigsby Vineyard is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Yountville Crossroad and the Silverado Trail, where the Yountville AVA meets the Stags Leap District. The soil here is a light clay loam, generously sprinkled with small river rocks, on a site that enjoys a very special balance of climate conditions. During the day, warm temperatures and full sun exposure encourage the grapes to develop rich, ripe flavors and polished tannins. In the evening, cooling marine breezes and fog from San Pablo Bay dramatically reduce temperatures in the vineyard, allowing the fruit to retain aromatic complexity, bright natural acidity, and a distinctive elegance. The vineyard is farmed with the highest quality considerations, and the fruit clusters are hand-thinned to prevent crowding or shading for optimal development.
Varietal composition: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot
Our goal at Rocca is to make wines that reflect, as fully and faithfully as possible, the unique characteristics of the vineyards from which they come. To this end, all of our wines are made exclusively from our own organically farmed grapes, which we selectively harvest by hand in the cool hours of the night. Once the fruit has been picked, we take an emphatically hands-off, non-interventionist approach to winemaking. The grapes are destemmed as gently as possible, and are allowed to ferment with the vineyard's own indigenous yeasts. The wine is then gently pressed off, and transferred into barrels. This wine was aged for 20 months in tight-grain French oak barriques, approximately 75% new, before bottling in June of 2011. The final blend is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 10% Merlot bringing additional aromatic complexity and mid-palate breadth and softness.
Source: 100% grown at Rocca’s organically farmed Grigsby Vineyard