2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Established in 2003, the winery’s first release was the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon. The half acre vineyard is personally farmed by Kirk and Lynn Grace using ‘bio-correct’ practices. Wise Acre is a family owned and operated vineyard that is, quite possibly, the smallest commercial estate vineyard-winery in the Napa Valley. The vineyard rests at 680 feet elevation and extends across a slope from 11% down to 1%.

The name expresses the humor and joy the proprietors feel should accompany the pleasure of drinking a beautiful wine; the property is less than an acre, and it represents their philosophy of clean, organic, bio-correct*, hands-on farming. The vines are planted on 4 X 4 spacing with a vertical-shoot-position trellis. The vines are grafted to the Bosché Cabernet Sauvignon field selection from Grace Family Vineyard, and the rootstock is 101-14, (a rootstock well suited for the close spacing they employ). The soil is Forward Gravelly-Aiken Loam, and the family’s chickens, horses, rabbits and sheep contribute to the living microbial community of its compost amendment.

*Bio-Correct farming is a craft which requires skill and artistry and results in a unique soil and farm individuality. It is the ultimate process of managing both the environment and the crop. If the management is correct, the farm contributes to the overall health of the people and environment around it.

“The first word that comes to mind with the 2010 Wise Acre is balance. This wine combines intensity and depth with fresh flavors and good posture. The fruit is gorgeous– plummy and inviting, but far from one-dimensional; you get the bramble along with your blackberry in this wine. It displays those hallmarks of cassis and lead pencil that so often define high quality Napa Cabernet, and offers in addition a subtle but thrilling green note that manifests as aloe, or fresh pine. This is a wine of finesse and restraint, fulfilling all the promises of the vintage, with a fine, refreshing acidity that draws you back in for more.”
– Kelli White and Scott Brenner, Sommeliers, Press Restaurant, Napa Valley

APPELLATION Napa Valley AVA, Eastern Hillside
FARMING Bio-correct mountain vineyard
VARIETAL CONTENT Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
TIME IN OAK 20 months in Taransaud and Sylvian French oak barrels
PH 4.04
HARVEST DATE October 17, 2010
FINING Not fined
WINEMAKER Gary Brookman
WINEGROWERS Lynn & Kirk Grace
WEBSITE www.wiseacrevineyard.com