Grand Napa Vineyards is located in the heart of Rutherford. In 1939, Rutherford first sent wines to the Golden Gate Exposition in San Francisco and earned a Grand Sweepstakes award; however, it was not until the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 that Napa's world-class status was firmly established. The illusion of France's superiority over the upstart American winemakers was shattered when veteran French judges picked both a Californian Chardonnay and a Cabernet Sauvignon as best in their respective category in what came to be known as the "Judgment of Paris."
Winemaker Dwight Bonewell sources the fruit for Grand Napa's wines from the best vineyards in Napa Valley. Dwight oversees every step of the winemaking process and harnesses each vintner's unique set of skills, including barrel selection, fermentation and microbiology, to produce a collection of distinctive wines, each with unique character and texture.
Grand Napa is flanked by the Mayacamas and Vaca Mountain Ranges. The chalky, dusty soil and ideal Mediterranean climate of the valley yields many of Napa's most iconic wines. Andre Tchelistcheff, the master winemaker who helped guide California into the highest echelons of winemaking, stated the importance of Rutherford this way: "It takes Rutherford dust to grow great Cabernet."
This is a brilliant ruby red wine with a nose of white pepper and earthy notes along with scents of ripe blackberry. On the palate, it is abundant and sinuous as blackberry flavors predominate. The intense flavor profile continues into a long finish of soft tannins and red fruit, perfectly balanced with Cabernet spices. This wine is a natural match for rich meat dishes such as grilled steak, sausages, roast lamb, and game meats. As for cheeses, pair it with well-aged ones, like stilton.