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Antonio Galloni

  • Vinous
  • 94pts

“A dark, sensual wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon graces the palate with expressive blue and dark red fruit, cinnamon, cloves, licorice, menthol and new leather. Drink this bold, racy Cabernet over the next decade or so. The 2013 offers a fabulous combination of concentration, mid-palate depth and intensity, but with silky tannins that give it tons of near and medium-term appeal. The 2013 finishes with striking freshness and a closing note of sweet French oak.”

Antonio Galloni

  • Vinous
  • 91pts

“The 2013 Mezzo Mezzo, a blend of equal parts Sangiovese and Merlot, is a fabulous, juicy red with plenty of near and medium term appeal. Sweet red cherry, mint, spice and rose petal are all beautifully delineated nicely in the glass. A kick of Sangiovese acidity gives the flavors an added bit of energy and vivacity.”

Robert Parker

  • The Wine Advocate
  • 92pts

“The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (725 cases produced) comes from a vineyard on Soda Canyon Road. Made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon blended with tiny percentages of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the wine exhibits an opaque purple color, sweet black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, underbrush, loamy soil, licorice, tobacco leaf and spice box notes, and a complex, dense, medium to full-bodied personality. Consume it over the next 12-15 years.”

Antonio Galloni

  • Vinous
  • 92pts

“Dark blue and purplish fruit, spices, cloves, menthol and cedar are some of the many notes that flesh out as Grassi's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon shows off its open, engaging personality. This is a gorgeous, supple 2012 built on fruit, texture and exuberance, all of which make it an excellence choice for drinking over the next decade or so. Best of all, Grassi's 2012 is a terrific value in artisan, hand-made Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.”

2013 Ribolla Gialla

  • Robert Parker
  • 90 pts

“A rare offering from California, Grassi’s 2013 Ribolla Gialla is a non-malolactic, 400-case cuvée aged in neutral French oak for seven months prior to bottling. Made from a grape that is nearly unknown even in Italy, it is a lovely white offering notes of lemon, honey, orange blossoms, melons and a certain exoticism. Medium-bodied, crisp and zesty, with the oak pushed to the background, it can be enjoyed with an assortment of foods over the next few years.”

2012 Mezzo Mezzo

  • Robert Parker
  • 90 pts

The 2012 Mezzo Mezzo, a blend of equal parts Merlot and Sangiovese, exhibits a tangy, strawberry and new saddle leather-scented nose with hints of tobacco leaf and herbs, and juicy, medium-bodied, round and delicious flavors. While not the most complex wine, it delivers plenty of satisfaction. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.

2011 Grassi Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Antonio Galloni
  • 94+ points

“The 2011 Cabernet is gorgeous. Cool, racy and impeccable polishes, the 2011 impresses for its savory aromatics and intense mineral driven personality. Graphite, pencil shavings, white flowers, mint and plum emerge from the glass. The finish is long pure, and beautifully crafted. The 2011 is beautiful in its old world-leaning way.”

“Grassi is one of my favorite under the radar producers in Napa Valley. The estate excels with both Ribolla Gialla – a white grape native to Italy’s Friuli – and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best of all, the wines remain very fairly priced considering the quality of what is in the glass.”

WINES OF THE TIMES

  • By Eric Asimov
  • The New York Times's wine critic

“As a set, these were juicy, fresh wines rather than plush and syrupy. The best had earthy, mineral qualities not ordinarily associated with many Napa reds. They were wines that I could imagine drinking with gusto throughout a meal, and I think Patrick and Florence agreed with me…. beginning with our top bottle, the rich, dense yet beautifully balanced Grassi. Even Paul approved.”

Wine Spectator

  • Grassi Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
  • 91+ points

“Notably rich and intense, with a tight, firm core of dark berry, loamy earth, cedar, underbrush and charcoal. The tannins are formidable but the fruit manages to push through, imparting a pleasing aftertaste. Best from 2014 through 2024. 400 cases made.”

The Wine Advocate

  • Antonio Galloni
  • 94+ points

“The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is dark, rich and totally enveloping. Dark cherries, plums, mint, cassis and chocolate all come to life in a surprisingly broad-shouldered wine. The 2010 is quite a bit more imposing than the 2009, with darker fruit, more structure and a lot more freshness. Although the 2010 is striking today, it should be even better in another year or two. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.”

“Grassi is one of my favorite under the radar producers in Napa Valley. The estate excels with both Ribolla Gialla – a white grape native to Italy’s Friuli – and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best of all, the wines remain very fairly priced considering the quality of what is in the glass.”

Wine Spectator

  • Grassi Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
  • 91+ points

“Notably rich and intense, with a tight, firm core of dark berry, loamy earth, cedar, underbrush and charcoal. The tannins are formidable but the fruit manages to push through, imparting a pleasing aftertaste. Best from 2014 through 2024. 400 cases made.”

Wine Spectator

  • Grassi Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
  • 93+ points

Grassi Cabernet Sauvignon 2007: “Tightly wound, firm, intense, concentrated and balanced, offering a vivid core of black fruits, with hints of blackberry, black licorice, mineral and dusty, loamy earth notes. Maintains its focus and ends with a sense of elegance and subtle detailed flavors. Drink now through 2020. 850 cases made. 93 pts.”

The Tasting Panel Magazine

  • Anthony Dias Blue Reviews
  • August 2012

“Grassi Wine Company 2011 Ribolla Gialla: Lush and aromatic with lovely citrus and tropical fruit, fresh acidity and silky texture; an obscure variety that is obviously quite at home in Napa soil; juicy and long, elegant and bracing. 91 pts.”

Wine

“Mark Grassi produced his first commercial release of Cabernet Sauvignon in 2005. New in the Grassi wine lineup is his 2009 Ribolla Gialla, a varietal that finds its largest home in Friuli, Italy. He makes this wine from the one known commercial planting of this grape in the USA. On the nose: lemon, green apple, olive, candied watermelon—a background of coriander, Sichuan peppercorn, nutmeg; is there any wood on this?–holy sheez, a lot going for such a light colored wine. On the palate—this is where the wine really blows your socks off: it is amazingly dense and mouth-coating , attacking from the front all the way to the back with finish to spare. What concentrated juice! . . . Bravo Mark Grassi, and thank you!”

The Napa Wine Project

“The 2006 (Grassi) Cabernet Sauvignon... has great color - it is dark ruby in the glass. This is a wine that has a powerful, rich always evolving bouquet; a wine that does well with decanting. The nose shows spices including clove and cinnamon, black licorice, anise, sage, vanilla and a perfumy note of lavender.... With its nice acidity and flavor profile, this is an excellent food wine.”

FoodandWine.com

“Wine Pairings for Oenotri Dishes. Napa’s take on Italian grapes. 2010 Grassi Ribolla Gialla: Best known for its Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon, Grassi also makes a small amount of this pretty, citrusy white.”