Winemaker Notes

The Rutherford bench in Napa is home to some of the Valley ́s most renowned Cabernet Sauvignons. Our 2016 Grand Napa Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is a prime example of this exceptional appellation. Woody and softly approachable, this dusty, tannic wine offers

2016 Vintage Recap

California vintners and growers across the state are grateful for another excellent vintage, despite an ongoing drought and earthquake that rocked south Napa in late August just as crush was getting underway. A mild winter and spring caused early bud break, although the overall length of the growing season was similar to past years. A compacted harvest began in July for sparkling wines and started winding down by mid-October for later ripening varieties. Moderate temperatures, with only minimal rain in September, allowed for even ripening. According to the United States Department of Agriculture Pacific Regional Crop Production Report of August 2014, California’s wine grape production this year is forecast at 3.9 million tons, down 8 percent from 2013’s record high crop. The 2014 harvest is the third largest on record.full-bodied layers of cherry and vanilla.