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Gregory Graham Wines

Gregory Graham Wines How does someone who was raised in a suburb of Cleveland get into the wine business? In Greg Graham's case, the love for viticulture began on his family's 10-acre Concord grape vineyard, where he worked as a youth. After military service in the 1970's, Greg earned a degree in mechanical engineering and worked in the Cleveland area. During that time, he began to make home wine using local grapes. His desire to improve the quality of his wine increased quickly, but he knew that great wines required a climate that Ohio was never going to provide, so in 1980, Greg moved to California. There he earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of California at Davis, one of the world's top viticultural schools. He completed the winery internship at Freemark Abbey Winery and began working at Rombauer Vineyard as assistant winemaker in June 1983, when Koerner Rombauer was finishing construction of the winery. In 1985 he went to work for Robert Mondavi Winery, where he controlled barrel inventory and was involved in the production of "Opus One" and Mondavi varientals. Koerner Rombauer hired Greg back in July 1988, as head winemaker. Since then, Rombauer has had its greatest successes: the steady evolution of their Chardonnays, the wide recognition of their Merlots, and, most recently, the popularity of the Rombauer Zinfandels that now have all of the original Zin makers chasing. Besides producing wines for the Rombauer label, Greg is responsible for the winery's custom winemaking, which accounts for the balance of their production. Because grape selection and production are critical to making a great wine, Greg spends a tremendous amount of his time working with growers. Prior to harvest he is in the vineyard daily, sampling and tasting to determine optimum fruit ripeness for his wines. He feels that much of his success comes from his efforts to personally select the grapes that he wants. "The grapes can actually tell you what they need and when they're ready to be picked," Greg explains. "Once the grapes are picked, the art of winemaking begins as you coax and guide the wine to its fullest potential." Greg has come a long way from that vineyard in the suburbs of Cleveland where his love for viticulture began. Since then his experience, his high standards and his passion for making great wines have brought awards and recognition. Now he is applying those qualities to producing superb wines under his own label.

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13633 Point Lakeview Road, Lower Lake, CA, US, 95457 Email: greg@ggwines.com
Phone: 707-995-3500 Web: www.ggwines.com
Fax: 707-995-3500
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  Carneros Pinot Noir
The 2001 Gregory Graham Carneros Pinot Noir has a medium burgundy color. The aromas of the wine are black cherry with hints of lilac and sandalwood, accompanied by a slight smokiness. The wine is lively, yet silky, with elegant pinot flavors of fresh cherries, a hint of cinnamon and lightly smoked meats. The flavors are long, yet gentle, and will continue to improve for the next five to eight years. This Pinot is best enjoyed relaxing with good friends and good food to appreciate its virtues.
  Carneros Pinot Noir
The 1999 Gregory Graham Carneros Pinot Noir has a deep burgundy color. The aromas of the wine are black cherry with hints of lilac and sandalwood, accompanied by a slight smokiness. The wine is lively, yet silky, with elegant pinot flavors of fresh cherries, with a hint of cinnamon and lightly smoked meats. The flavors are long, yet gentle, and will continue to improve for the next five to eight years. This Pinot is best enjoyed relaxing with good friends and good food to appreciate its virtues.
  Estate Zinfandel - Point Lakeview Vineyard
This wine exhibits the classic ripe raspberry that is the hallmark if Zinfandel. The fruit is enhanced with a touch of white pepper. The flavors are of ripe berry and plum. The texture is delightfully fresh and non-aggressive, and the wine has an enjoyable fruit flavored finish.
  Knights Valley Viognier
This fruit comes from the Noble Vineyard located in the Knights Valley appellation of Sonoma County. This is where Gregory Graham Viognier got its start, and it continues with another stylish Viognier similar to the previous vintages that continue to receive favorable reviews from both The Wine Spectator and Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine. The grapes from this vineyard have their own unique aroma and flavor characteristics that are Condrieu in character. The fruit was hand harvested and whole cluster pressed without crushing. The juice was cold settled and barrel fermented in a cool cellar with French oak barrels to retain its delicate fruit aromas and enhance its complexity. The wine was then surlie aged for five months in barrels to increase its body and depth of flavor. The Knights Valley vineyard consists of mature twelve-year-old vines that produce a wine with unique aromas and flavor characteristics that are very enjoyable. Loaded with ripe pear, these aromas are further enhanced with a hint of mineral and light toasty notes. The flavors match these aromas and are big and rich. The richness and warm flavors are the unique characteristic of wine made from ripe Viognier grapes. Enjoy this wine with shellfish in a rich cream sauce or with a grilled meaty fish, like ahi, accompanied with a fresh fruit salsa composed of mangos, tangerine, and cilantro.
  Knights Valley Viognier
The wine has a wonderful apricot and citrus blossom aroma. The flavors are fresh pear and mineral. The wine finishes with a rich, slightly oily texture of fruit syrup. Enjoy this wine with a shellfish in a rich cream sauce or with a grilled meaty fish, like ahi, accompanied with a fresh fruit salsa composed of mangoes, tangerine, and cilantro.
  Knights Valley Viognier
Enjoy this wine with shellfish in a rich cream sauce of with a grilled meaty fish, like ahi, accompanied with a fresh fruit salsa composed of mangoes, tangerine, and cilantro.
  Napa Valley Syrah
The 2001 Gregory Graham Napa Valley Syrah is dark, bold and beautiful, with an intense inky color. The aromas of the wine are classic Syrah consisting of intense blackberry and blueberry, surrounded by rose petal, mocha, and vanilla. The flavors are creamy rich blackberry jam, bittersweet chocolate, and smoked meats, further enhanced by soft structured tannins and a flavorful finish. This wine calls for heavier fare such as peppered/blackened steak, lamb, or roast duck. It is also an excellent accompaniment to most wild game. This is our fifth vintage of our Napa Valley Syrah. Our previous Syrahs have been very well received by all who have had the opportunity to enjoy them. We are so committed to Syrah and other Rhone varieties that we have planted eight acres of Syrah and Grenache at our estate vineyard located in the Red Hills appellation of Lake County. Our first vintage from the new planting will be 2004.
  Napa Valley Syrah
The 2000 Gregory Graham Napa Valley Syrah is dark, bold and beautiful, with an intense inky color. The aromas of the wine are classic Syrah consisting of intense blackberry and blueberry, surrounded by rose petal, mocha, and vanilla. The flavors are creamy rich blackberry jam, bittersweet chocolate, and smoked meats, further enhanced by soft structured tannins and a flavorful finish. this wine calls for heavier fare such as peppered/blackened steak, lamb, or roast duck. It is also an excellent accompaniment to most wild game. This is our fourth vintage of our Napa Valley Syrah. Our previous Syrahs have been very well received by all who have had the opportunity to enjoy them. We are so committed to Syrah and other Rhone varieties that we have planted eight acres of Syrah and Grenache at our small estate vineyard located in the Red Hills appellation of Lake County.
  Napa Valley Viognier
The Napa Valley Viognier has fresh light citrus, mango, and tangerine fruit aromas. The flavors are lasting of fresh Fuji Apple with a fresh crisp finish. Enjoy this wine with shellfish, Pacific Rim cuisine, or with any spicy dish, as an aperitif, or any time as a refreshing alternative to Chardonnay.
  Napa Valley Viognier
The Napa Valley Viognier has fresh apricot, mango, and tangerine fruit aromas. The flavors are of fresh ripe pear and butterscotch. Enjoy this wine with shellfish, Pacific Rim cuisine, or with any spicy dish, as an apertif, and any time as an alternative to Chardonnay.
  Napa Valley Viognier
The Napa Valley Viognier has fresh apricot, mango, and kiwi fruit aromas. The flavors are fresh peach and ripe pear. Enjoy this wine with shellfish, Pacific Rim cuisine, spicy dishes, or any time as an alternative to Chardonnay.

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