THE GRADE Cellars      1236 LINCOLN AVENUE      CALISTOGA, CA  94515      707.967.8200  T      707.963.9838  F      © 2015 THE GRADE Cellars   ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Auction Napa Valley - The Barrel Auction at Krug

drought = irrigate pre-prune

Block 5 harvest on 10/8/14

In tank on 10/3/14

Field grafts in new blocks

Night harvest of Block 1 on 10/3/14

Spring pond work

Dan joins TRB in vineyard

VY Team: Luis, Nathan, Tom, John

PNV Auctionman Fritz & Brenda

Winning bidder is Meritage in Encinitas

PNV Cab blend 2012

Summer Solstice

Viticulturalist Nathan thins big clusters

Fall tasting at Airstream

Planting olive trees

2012 was a growing season that really allowed The Grade to showcase the best attributes of the Winfield Vineyard.

The year was mild and balanced without any climatic events that force your hand when it comes to a pick decision. That ability for the fruit to fully mature on the vine and ripen evenly is well represented in this edition of The Grade.  

Sourced from opposite ends of the vineyard from clones 7 and 337, the fruit selected for this vintage represents the highest quality fruit and most diverse soil sections the Winfield Vineyard has to offer.  Buoyant aromas of lavender, hibiscus tea and blackberries are present on the nose.  The mouth feel of this wine displays a silky set of tannins that are layered with flavors of blackberry, flint, cassis, and fresh loam resonating throughout the palate.  

Like the vintage itself, this is a very nuanced, balanced wine that is enjoyable now.