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Near perfect score for The Grade

Near perfect score for The Grade

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The Grade Cellars’ 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve “Kingly Project” recently received 99 points from Robert Parker.

“We are so thrilled,” said Tom Thornton, proprietor.

The wine will be released in early 2015.

The wine comes from the Calistoga Winfield Vineyard, which sits at the alluvial base of Mount St. Helena. Made by winemaking consultant and Calistoga resident Thomas Brown, Parker describes this wine: “Sweet cassis, graphite, high-class, unsmoked cigar tobacco and background oak characteristics are present in this full-bodied, opulent, multidimensional, majestic Cabernet Sauvignon. It should age effortlessly for two decades.”

Parker gave the winery’s other 2012 cabernet sauvignon -- 2012 The Grade Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon “THE GRADE” – 97 points.

This wine spent 20 months in French oak and has a “dense purple color in addition to beautiful aromas of crème de cassis, forest floor and spice box, a deep, opulent, multidimensional mouthfeel, tremendous purity and silky tannins. It can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 years.”

The Grade Cellars’ “Library” tasting room is located at 1236 Lincoln Ave.

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