WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Merlot
  • APPELLATION
    Yountville, Napa Valley
  • ALCOHOL
    15.10%
  • SIZE
    750ml

93 Points Wine Enthusiast: Cinnamon-covered cherry and black currant highlight this beautifully layered, spicy and complex example of the variety—a well-made, full-bodied effort that finishes in a dusting of cocoa powder and coconut.

90 Points Wine Spectator: Finely textured, with concentrated dark plum, raspberry and dark currant flavors that feature plenty of Asian spice notes. Cocoa powder and mocha details lengthen out nicely on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 146 cases made.

The idea for Rocca Family Vineyards began In 1995, Mary Rocca and her husband Dr. Eric Grigsby began a quest for the perfect vineyard. Their three year search finally yielded results: a 21-acre vineyard nestled deep in the heart of the Napa Valley. After renaming the new parcel Grigsby Vineyard, Mary devoted her full attention to the new project, while Eric continued to cultivate a career as one of the nation’s most respected pain management physicians. Mary called upon renowned winemaker Celia Welch Masyczek to produce the label’s first vintage in 2000.

By 2002 the Grigsby Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon came in #1 in a blind tasting of 12 Rising Star Cabernets at the Vintners Club tasting in the U.S. Later, the wine was chosen # 1 in France's 12 Best Cabernets from California. Years of accolades and popular opinion have established Rocca as one of the industry’s finest wine producers, a reputation the team is happy to uphold. In 2000 Mary purchased the 11-acre Collinetta Vineyard, planted on a small hill in the Coombsville Appellation. These two vineyards produce some of the Valley’s finest wine grapes. In 2008, Celia passed the winemaking baton to Paul Colantuoni, who continues to produce world-class wines under the Rocca label.

TASTING NOTES 

Our 2014 Grigsby Vineyard Merlot is remarkable, above all else, for its exquisite balance and graceful elegance. The aromatics are simply gorgeous, showing slighty richer and darker fruit than usual wiht wonderful purity and depth.