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Grape Sourcing

Grapes for our wine were chosen from across California’s best growing regions for Cabernet Sauvignon.   These areas range from the Lodi, River Delta, Central Coast, to the North Coast’s Sonoma County Valleys.

 

•  Winemaking

Grapes for this wine were handled gently to minimize bitterness and fermented warm to maximize color and flavor extraction.  The firm structure of the Cabernet was tempered with Petit Verdot, which adds suppleness and juicy red berry fruitiness and with Syrah, which adds complexity and spicy notes. The wine was aged for up to one year in new and used American and French oak.

 

•  Winemaker's Notes

Our Cabernet is a dark crimson color, with ripe berry and plum aromas, accented by toasty oak and vanilla. The wine’s crispness is balanced by rich, round flavors on the finish.  Suggested pairings:  Marinated flank steak grilled with garlic and onions, beef kabobs or wood-fire pizza with wild mushrooms and herbs.

 

 

Grape Sourcing

Grapes for our wine were harvested from California’s cooler coastal climate vineyards, primarily the cooler growing areas of the San Joaquin Valley and Sacramento River Delta.

 

•  Winemaking

Grapes for this wine were harvested during cooler night and morning hours to highlight the crisp, balanced fruit flavors in our wine.  After crushing, the must was fermented for up to twelve days at cool temperatures, around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, in stainless steel tanks.  A portion of the blend went through malolactic fermentation, adding a silkiness and body to the wine.  A splash of Muscat adds floral notes and richness to the blend, while Sauvignon Blanc enhances the crisp citrus flavors.

 

•  Winemaker's Notes

Ripe pineapple, golden apple and Anjou pear flavors are balanced by citrus notes and a smooth, creamy finish.  The wine would be a heavenly match with smoked chicken salad with apples and walnuts, four-cheese pizza, calamari fritti, or apple stuffed pork tenderloin.

 

 

 

Grape Sourcing

Grapes for our Merlot were selected from among the best coastal growing regions in California’s Sacramento River Delta Region.

 

•  Winemaking   •

After de-stemming the grapes, the juice was fermented on the skins for up to 2 weeks. This warm temperature aids in extracting color and desirable tannins from the skin of the grape.  Gentle pressing of the must is essential for getting additional flavor and color, while avoiding the overly drying tannins found in the seeds.  After a full malo-lactic conversion to soften the acids and add complexity to the nose, this wine was aged on oak at cool temperatures until it was ready for the final blend.

 

•  Winemaker's Notes

Our Merlot is a rich garnet color, with flavors of black cherries, plums, and figs, with a soft, smooth finish. With its balanced acidity and ripe fruit flavors, this wine is an easy match with a wide range of main courses, including meats, pasta and vegetarian dishes.

 

 

 

 

 

Cabernet Sauvignon

Chardonnay

Merlot

Cabernet Sauvignon

Graton Cellars 2013 California Cabernet Sauvignon

· LA Wine Competition - 2016 - GOLD MEDAL - 92 Point

  - Hot Sheet

  - Shelf Talkers (4X)

 

Graton Cellars 2012 California Cabernet Sauvignon

· Critics Challenge 2014 - SILVER MEDAL - 89pts

 

Graton Cellars 2010 California Cabernet Sauvignon

· Los Angeles Wine Competition 2013 - SILVER MEDAL

 

Chardonnay

Graton Cellars 2013 California Chardonnay

· Long Beach Grand Cru 2015- SILVER MEDAL

· World Wide Wine 2015- SILVER MEDAL

 

Graton Cellars 2011 California Chardonnay

· Los Angeles Wine Competition 2013 - SILVER MEDAL

· California State Fair 2013 - SILVER MEDAL

 

Merlot

 

 

TRADE

 

Wine Notes

Graton Cellars 2013 California Cabernet Sauvignon (PDF)

Graton Cellars 2012 California Cabernet Sauvignon (PDF)

Graton Cellars 2011 California Cabernet Sauvignon (PDF)

Chardonnay

Graton Cellars 2014 California Chardonnay (PDF)

Graton Cellars 2013 California Chardonnay (PDF)

Graton Cellars 2012 California Chardonnay (PDF)

Graton Cellars 2011 California Chardonnay (PDF)

Merlot

Graton Cellars 2012 California Merlot (PDF)

Graton Cellars 2011 California Merlot (PDF)

 

Bottle Images

Cabernet Sauvignon

Graton Cellars 2013 California Cabernet Sauvignon (JPG)

Graton Cellars 2012 California Cabernet Sauvignon (JPG)

 

Chardonnay

Graton Cellars 2014 California Chardonnay (JPG)

Graton Cellars 2013 California Chardonnay (JPG)

Graton Cellars 2012 California Chardonnay (JPG)

 

Merlot

Graton Cellars 2012 California Merlot (JPG)

Graton Cellars 2011 California Merlot (JPG)

 

Labels

Cabernet Sauvignon

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Graton Cellars 2012 California Cabernet Sauvignon: Front | Back

 

Chardonnay

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Merlot

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Cabernet Sauvignon

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