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Graeser Winery

Graeser Winery Leaning against a stack of barrels in the cellar, Richard Graeser is a man obviously in love with his surroundings and craft. "My second vintage was selected Wine of the Week by the LA Times. That was 13 years ago, but I knew even then that I was doing something right!" Since then, the Diamond Mountain District, where the vineyards sit, have gained recognition as one of the world's premier appellations for growing Bordeaux varietals and Graeser Winery has evolved into a world class winery. We take a very traditional approach to winemaking. We believe that winemaking happens largely in the vineyard and the least amount of manipulation allows the grapes from this unique place speak for themselves. Because we are small, we are able to make wine very gently; we use small open top fermentors and American/French oak barrels. Our wines are generally medium to full bodied wines with classic Bordeaux dimension and flavors. The fruit is lush, bright and detailed and the tannins are unusually refined for Diamond Mountain fruit. The style is elegant rather than overblown or extracted and because of this they make the perfect companion to wide range of foods. This hands on attention to detail in the vineyard and winery result in wines that gets better with each vintage.

From San Francisco: Just Minutes From Downtown Calistoga, Ca. After passing over the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge and recovering from the awe inspiring experience continue on Highway 101 to Santa Rosa, about fifty five miles. On the far side of Santa Rosa is the exit marked River Rd-Mark West Springs Rd. Exit to the right on Mark West Springs Rd and travel east for about ten miles with the junction of the Petrified Forest Rd. Turn left and travel east on the Petrified Forest Rd. towards Calistoga. After crossing the Sonoma Napa County boundary travel one more mile to the turn off for Graeser Winery. As you are driving down the hill into Napa Valley you will pass through an area with vineyards on both sides of the road, then forest on both sides and finally you will pass through a cut in the hill and look out onto the Napa Valley. Start to slow down because the turn for Graeser Winery is an eighth of a mile on the right. From The Bay Bridge and Oakland: Continue on Highway 80 through Vallejo to the Highway 37 exit on the north side of Vallejo. Follow Highway 37 over the hill past the amusement park to the junction of Highway 29. Turn right on Highway 29 and continue through Napa up the valley pass Saint Helena. Don't allow the plethora of wineries along the road to distract you and slow your journey to Graeser Winery. At Calistoga there is a stop sign where Highway 29 turns right into downtown Calistoga, instead continue straight ahead on Highway 128 for one more mile to the next stop sign at the junction of the Petrified Forest Rd. Turn left and travel one mile on the Petrified Forest Rd to the left turn pocket at Graeser Winery. From Sacramento: Travel west on Highway 80 to the Highway 37 exit on the north side of Vallejo. Follow Highway 37 over the hill past the amusement park to the junction of Highway 29. Turn right on Highway 29 and continue through Napa up the valley pass Saint Helena. Don't allow the plethora of wineries along the road to distract you and s

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  Cabernet Franc, Estate
Our Cabernet Franc is 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Our 2002 Cabernet Franc may be one of our best vintages since the magnificent 1992 Cabernet Franc, which has just reached its peak this year. Something about this grape just loves our steep little corner of Diamond Mountain. The 2002 displays rich raspberry color, a rich perfume and blackberry patch spice. The flavors follow through with ripe black raspberry, plum and crushed pepper with just the right amount of new oak to show off the spicy character in the finish. The refined tannin and brilliant acidity throughout make this the perfect choice at mealtime. This wine will benefit from 5-15 years of cellaring. Gold Medal Winner!!
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