Marciano Estate Terra Gratia

"When I purchased the St. Helena property that would become Marciano Estate there were twenty acres of vines planted here. It was 2006, and in that first year I tried to make the best wine that I could with the existing vineyard. It was a good wine, but it wasn’t an outstanding wine – it wasn’t the wine that I sought to make. I decided to pull out all the vines and replant with four different rootstocks better suited to the varied soil conditions of the property. I asked David Abreu to join me, to help with the replant and to manage the new vineyard. During that process I replanted only ten acres out of the twenty – on only the best soils of the vineyard. Our first great vintage was 2013 – a fine growing season in Napa Valley by all standards and the year our new vineyard came into maturity." Maurice Marciano

The name Terra Gratia meaning "land of gratitude" in Latin is a constant reminder of how special this property is and how grateful we are that these soils produce exceptional wines. The grapes for this wine are hand-picked at night to keep the fruit chilled, hand-sorted, fermented, barrel-aged and bottled all in accordance with the strictest Kosher standards. A resulting wine that is unfined and unfiltered.

In the glass, the wine has a dark Burgundy color, boasting fruit-driven aromas of BlackBerry, red cherries, flint, espresso, and black tea. Initially, the wine has a soft texture that slowly builds to a complex midpalate with long firm tannins, culminating in a pleasantly dry finish brimming with flavors of plum, asphalt, leather, cocoa, and cassis.

Appellation
St. Helena, Napa Valley
Located on the north coast, about 40 km long, open to the south towards the San Francisco Bay, Napa Valley represents only 4% of California's production but is home to many of its most prestigious estates. Its success owes as much to the climate predisposition for growing vines as to the massive investments that have made it California's most famous wine region. The vines extend along the north-south facing valley, closed by two mountain ranges, creating a very harmonious and hilly landscape between vineyards, oak forests and pastures. The cool, humid air that rushes in from the south creates climatic differences from upstream to downstream. Reflections of these nuances, Napa is divided into about fifteen appellations (AVA), some of which enjoy a good reputation (Stags Leap, Carneros, Oakville, Rutherford ...), linked to the presence of well-known producers and to a style of specific wine. The red wines of Napa are mainly made from Cabernet Sauvignon which produces intense wines capable of great refinement, followed by Merlot. The warmer areas of the north offer solid zinfandel while chardonnay and pinot noir thrive in the south thanks to the cooler climate.
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