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In 1999, Mark and Jami Grassi bought a 14-acre property on Soda Canyon Road, just below the Atlas Peak AVA. It sits on an alluvial bench just above the valley floor south of the acclaimed, fertile Stags Leap District. Mark had established a custom construction business, but the seed of another life kept beckoning. That seed had been planted decades before, when Mark studied viticulture in college before pursuing a career in the construction industry. By 2000 the time was right. Mark dug the first test pits on the Grassi family’s Napa Valley land and set aside four acres for planting. Early on, key guidance and wisdom came from Mary Maher, vineyard manager for Harlan Estate.
Grassi's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Riserva is richer and deeper than the straight Cabernet. Pomegranate, blood orange, mint, new leather, spice and dark cherry flow from this unctuous, deeply expressive Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, the 100% new oak is a bit dominant, but there is no shortage of power. I find a bit better balance in the straight Cabernet.