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In 1977, David Graves and Richard Ward met for the first time in a oenology class at UC Davis. Both Pinot Noir lovers, they decided to start bottling their own. By 1981 they had released their first vintage, 2000 cases from purchased Carneros grapes.
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011
Good full red. Aromas of dark raspberry, pepper and spices. Dense and savory on entry, then tactile and brisk in the middle, with pungent flavors of dark raspberry and brown spices. A step up in concentration and flavor authority from this winery's other 2009 pinots. The lively finish features dusty, fine-grained tannins and excellent length.