Tasting notes on our latest releases from Winemaster Helen Keplinger & noted wine writer James Suckling:

2014-bottle Helen Keplinger:

“The 2014 vintage is hallmarked by purity, freshness, and silkiness. The dry, warm winter led to an early season with a lighter set, slightly thinner skins, and moderate growing season. This resulted in a wine with incredible vibrancy, drive, complexity, and precision, while still having tannins sufficient for extended cellaring. The 2014 Grace has a beautiful nose of black currant, forest floor, clove, juniper, rose oil, and just a hint of bay leaf. There is incredible purity and drive in the mouth, with flavors of early blackberry, pipe tobacco, black licorice, and cedar framed by fresh acidity, silky tannins, and structure to age long term. Very youthful at present, this wine will benefit from cellaring. If you plan to enjoy this wine in the near term, I recommend decanting for a minimum of 30 minutes before drinking.”

From James Suckling:


“Aromas of blackberry, graphite and black currant. Full body, very fine tannins; so polished and beautiful. 

Phenomenal precision. Incredible length and freshness.”


From James Suckling:


“Lots of eucalyptus and dark berry aromas. Hints of green coffee bean and hints fresh herb such as sage and lavender. Full-bodied, clear and beautiful. Gorgeous finish. Wonderful energy and brightness”

“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.