Tasting notes on our latest releases from Antonio Galloni at Vinuos.

Grace Family Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, Napa
Red wine from United States
Drinking window: 2022 – 2045

Even better from bottle than it was from barrel, the Grace 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is a real head-turner. While so many 2015s are flashy, the Grace is powerful, structured and inward, all qualities that will serve it well during what is likely to be a very long life in the cellar. Beams of tannin and bright acids give the wine a level of tension and translucent energy that is exceedingly rare in this vintage. Low yields seem to have concentrated both the fruit and structural elements, resulting in a brilliant, towering wine loaded with personality and class. Winemaker Helen Keplinger is doing magnificent work in bringing Grace back to the top in Napa Valley. This is a tremendous showing from Keplinger and proprietor Dick Grace. Don’t miss it!

Antonio Galloni at Vinuos. Tasting date: December 2017

 

Blank 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford) Rutherford, Napa
Red wine from United States
Drinking window: 2020 – 2035

Blank’s 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford) is a very beautiful and idiosyncratic wine. Inky, intensely aromatic and highly nuanced, the 2015 has a lot to say. Raspberry jam, kirsch, mint, rose petal and the eucalyptus notes that are so typical of this wine are all finely knit in this subtle, understated Cabernet Sauvignon. The bright, red fruit profile and distinctive savory notes give this mid-weight Cabernet Sauvignon lovely freshness. Silky tannins add to the wine’s gracious, polished personality. The Blank Cabernet Sauvignon emerges from a tiny property in Rutherford planted with Grace clone Cabernet that originated in the famed Bosché Vineyard. Helen Keplinger continues to do terrific work in coaxing every drop of potential out of this site.

Antonio Galloni at Vinuos. Tasting date: December 2017

“Grace Family wines are among my favorite wines in the world. The precision, concentration and balance sets them apart, at the pinnacle of California. These wines are honest wines, true to varietal and sense of place.”   —Rajat Parr, World-renowned wine expert, Director of Wines, Michael Mina Group

“I truly enjoy the subtle bay leaf and tobacco tones which add complexity to the classic cassis and baking spice aromatics. This wine will age gracefully and prove to excite those wine drinkers who love and appreciate the great wines of Bordeaux.”Dennis Kelly, Master Sommelier and Head Sommelier, The French Laundry

“There are the wines I like to sell and then there are the great wines of the world that I like to drink … Grace Family Vineyards falls into to both of these categories. A wine of balance, purity, depth and agebility, these have consistently been among the top wines since production started in the late 70s.”Jason L. Smith, Director of Wines at Bellagio Resorts

 

2013 Blank: This lovely Rutherford bench vineyard is also planted to the Bosche clone of Cabernet Sauvignon, and is a striking example of terroir. Bottled on December 11th, 2014, this wine spent 27 months aging gracefully in barrel. The result is a very complete wine. The 2012 Blank exhibits a vibrant nose of morello cherry, cassis bud, sage, eucalyptus, and cedar grove. The palate is soft, yet lifted with bright acidity, with fine tannin and a sublime finish. 450 cases produced.

 

All great wines have a certain signature; this is certainly true of Grace Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon. The exceptional vineyards reflect the influence of terroir and appellation. In addition to the traditional winemaker notes, we feel that hearing from individuals with the highest level of wine knowledge and extraordinary palate is most appropriate.