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|
|TOTAL ACIDITY||3.5 g/l|
|ALCOHOL BY VOLUME||13.8%|
|HARVEST DATE||October 17, 2010|
|WINEGROWERS||Lynn & Kirk Grace|