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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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88(+?)? Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013
(14.5% alcohol, vs. 13.5% for the regular Carneros bottling): Full, rich yellow. Subdued aromas of peach, clove and nutty, vanillin oak. Broader than the Carneros release but a bit youthfully wound-up and less silky today. Sound acidity gives shape to the soft citrus and peach flavors. Still a bit hard-edged: will this wine gain in pliancy with a year or three in bottle?