2011 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 sip reveals luscious dark fruits and a solid 45 second to one minute finish. As it opens, anise, blackberry marmalade and a hint of chocolate appear. The surprising delight of cotton candy and rhubarb entertain your front palate as you enjoy it throughout the first 30 minutes. Then the true power of the wine shows itself after decanting for 30-45 minutes. Elegantly structured tannins compliment the abundance of fruit on the mid and back palate of plums, figs and dates. The powerful finish reveals the hint of chocolate covered fruit once more. Wise Acre 2011 is a testament to what thoughtful farming can produce in even the most challenging vintage.” Sommelier Nino O’Brien and Jen Varsak, Accasbel Wines, LA.

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 3.83
TOTAL ACIDITY 6.1 g/l
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME 13.4%
HARVEST DATE October 19, 2011
FINING Not fined
CASES PRODUCED 43
WINEMAKER Gary Brookman
WINEGROWERS Lynn & Kirk Grace
WEBSITE www.wiseacrevineyard.com