Grace Family Vineyards St Helena
This tiny operation was the first of the now numerous Calfornia cult wineries and the Grace Family is one of the most exalted premium Cabernets in California. It commenced production in 1978 and barely 400 cases are made annually from the family vineyard. This was one of the first vineyards to be planted with close-spaced vines, avoiding the need for herbicides or pesticides, and biodynamic farming is being evaluated at present. Part of the production is auctioned for charity so the remainder is extremely rare. Big, richly textured and immensely powerful, it is a wine respected for its balance and finesse as much as its sheer concentration. If you can find any, expect to pay a very high price. Some very decent olive oil is also made. (DM)
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