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2016 The Grade Cellars Kingly Project Cabernet Sauvignon

Lightly depressed cork

ITEM 8026786 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Consignor is original owner

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
jamad1 2 $92 $184
Phin 0 of 2 $91 $0
2 $85
Item Sold Amount Date
I8026786 2 $92 Dec 12, 2021
I8020310 2 $85 Dec 5, 2021
I8020300 3 $85 Dec 5, 2021
I8008270 5 $85 Nov 28, 2021
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RATINGS

98Jeb Dunnuck

...huge perfume of sweet crème de cassis, black raspberries, toasted spice, vanilla, and licorice. The most powerful and hedonistic in the lineup, it’s nevertheless perfectly balanced and seamless, with a texture to die for...

96+ Vinous / IWC

...flavors are precise and finely cut. White pepper, chalk, orange peel, crushed rocks and bright red stone fruits are all vibrant in the glass....

PRODUCER

The Grade Cellars

The Grade Cellars was established in Calistoga in 1997 when the husband and wife team of Tom Thornton and Brenda Mixson bought 32-acres of a former almond orchard with the idea of retiring to Napa Valley and growing grapes. The couple lived and worked in New York City, where Thornton was a practicing architect and Mixson worked in commercial real estate, but became interested in Napa Valley after visits in the 1990s. In 2000 they replanted 12 acres of their property to Cabernet Sauvignon and had their first commercial vintage in 2004. Only 300 cases of The Grade Cellars 100% Cabernet Sauvignon are produced each year and Thornton and Mixson sell some of their grapes to other producers. They also make a Sauvignon Blanc. The widely-acclaimed winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown has produced The Grade Cellars wine since 2011. The name The Grade Cellars is a literary reference to the 19th century American author Robert Louis Stevenson, who honeymooned near St. Helena and later included a description of what is now The Grade Cellars vineyard and the stagecoach route leading past it – which he called “the grade” -- in his book “The Silverado Squatters.”

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Calistoga

Calistoga AVA is one of Napa Valley’s newer appellations, having been given appellation status in 2010. It is notable for its volcanic soil, which is unusual in the Napa Valley. Calistoga also experiences the greatest average 24-hour temperature swing of any Napa Valley AVAs, which Calistoga grape growers insist give the grapes time to “cool down” at night, making for better balanced wines. The 1,500 Calistoga vineyard acres are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Sirah, along with smaller amounts of other varietals. Calistoga is at the northern end of Napa Valley, northwest of the Diamond District and St. Helena AVAs. Longtime winemaker Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena, which is located in the Calistoga AVA, proposed the creation of the appellation.

TYPE

Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.