Grassi Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
The property sits on a bench above the valley floor at the bottom of Soda Canyon Road in the Atlas Peak Appellation. The vineyard site was once an ancient riverbed, and is slightly sloping, running from east to west. In 2001, Mary and Mark discovered a mixture of soil and cobbles which range in size from thumb- to cantaloupe-sized. These cobbles keep the soil from being too fertile and additionally provide excellent drainage.
Peter Franus made the first several vintages of Grassi from 2005 to 2008. As of 2009, Robbie Meyer of L’Angevin and Peirson Meyer took over the winemaking responsibilities. It is our long relationship with Robbie that happily brought Grassi into the Polaner fold, and today we are very excited to represent the wines!
One of the most prestigious wines of the world capable of great power and grace, Napa Valley Cabernet is a leading force in the world of fine, famous, collectible red wine. Today the Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without the other. But it wasn’t until the 1970s that this marriage came to light; sudden international recognition rained upon Napa with the victory of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 Judgement of Paris.
Cabernet Sauvignon undoubtedly dominates Napa Valley today, covering half of the land under vine, commanding the highest prices per ton and earning the most critical acclaim. Cabernet Sauvignon’s structure, acidity, capacity to thrive in multiple environs and ability to express nuances of vintage make it perfect for Napa Valley where incredible soil and geographical diversity are found and the climate is perfect for grape growing. Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that express specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil—as a perfect example, Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.