Greyscale Wines produces award-winning wines sourced from high quality Napa Valley grapes:
- Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford AVA)
- Merlot (Oak Knoll District AVA)
- Bordeaux Blanc-style Sauvignon Blanc called Cuvée Blanc (Rutherford AVA)
Details about each wine presented at the end of this post and in Tasting Notes linked below.
We put together five offerings with significant discounts (15-35%) and ground shipping included!
Availability of some offers is limited, so order soon.
More information about the winery and us is available in this Greyscale Wines Fact Sheet.
Jean & Larry
Offer #1: Current Release Sampler 3-pack
'18 Cuvée Blanc (regular price $27)
'17 Napa Valley Merlot (regular price $48)
'16 Rutherford Cabernet (regular price $70)
Price $99 (32% discount + shipping included; regular price $145 + shipping)
Offer #2: Current Release '16 Rutherford Cabernet 3-pack $145 ($48/bottle)
Price $145 (31% discount + shipping included; regular price $210 + shipping; 15 units available)
Awards: 95pts “Cellar Selection” '19 Beverage Tasting Institute & Gold Medal '19 USA Wine Rating
'16 Rutherford Cabernet Tasting Note
Offer #3: Current Release '17 Napa Valley Merlot 3-pack $115 ($38/bottle)
Price $115 (20% discount + shipping included; regular price $144 + shipping)
Awards: Silver Medal '19 Beverage Tasting Institute
'17 Napa Valley Merlot Tasting Note
Offer #4: Current Release '18 Cuvée Blanc 3-pack $69 ($23/bottle)
Price $69 (15% discount + shipping included; regular price $81 + shipping)
Offer #5: CLOSEOUT '14 Napa Valley Merlot 3-pack $84 ($28/bottle)
Price $84 (35% discount + shipping included; regular price $129 + shipping)
Award: Gold Medal '16 San Francisco International Wine Competition
'14 Napa Valley Merlot Tasting Note
Remember SHIPPING is included!
Greyscale Wines ships to all states except Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Mississippi, Rhodes Island, and Utah.
Shipping is ground delivery - contact us for the cost to ship by air, also required for Hawaii and Alaska.
2016 Greyscale Rutherford Cabernet (tasting card)
2016 is the fifth year we sourced Cabernet grapes from one of the finest vineyards in Rutherford right in the middle of the valley floor. The vines, over 25 years old, are grafted with Clone 4 Cabernet grapes that produce wines with a dark deep color, black fruit, excellent acidity and minerality, and a long finish.
The 2016 Greyscale Rutherford Cabernet is a medium- to full-bodied wine with an earthy complex nose of crushed black rock, dark chocolate, blackberries, charred wood, and spicy pepper notes. On the palate, the wine has a lush mouthfeel with flavors of blackcurrant, violet, and cola with polished tannin’s and a trace of fennel in its long finish.
The blend is 92% Cabernet Sauvignon to which 6% Merlot was added to support the mid-palate and 2% Petit Verdot was added to enhance the finish. The wine was aged for 22 months in French Oak barrels (Vicard 45% new and Hermitage 55% once-used) and racked several times to clarify the wine and soften the tannin’s. The wine was bottled in August 2018 and aged for 22 months in the bottle before being released in June 2020.
2017 Greyscale Napa Valley Merlot (tasting card)
Our Napa Valley Merlot is similar to a right-bank Bordeaux wine with a complex structure of red and black fruit.
The Merlot grapes come from a vineyard off Orchard Road - west of Highway 29 in the Oak Knoll District. Because the vineyard is near the Mayacamas Mountain benchland, it has a significant component of alluvial soil containing organic material that makes the area quite fertile. Temperatures are cooler than farther north in the valley but not as cool and damp as vineyards in Carneros that are closer to San Francisco Bay. The vines are grafted with Merlot clone 181 that traces its origins to Pomerol.
The 2017 vintage is a blend of 91% Merlot, 7% Malbec, and 2% Petit Verdot. The wine has a deep red color with red cherry, blackcurrant and vanilla spice aromas. The taste is layered with black and red fruit including red cherry, blackberry, and blackcurrant with a toasty oak flavor. It is a well-balanced, food-friendly wine that is more structured than a typical Merlot, more like a Cabernet.
2018 Greyscale Cuvée Blanc
Greyscale Cuvée Blanc is made in the style of a Bordeaux Blanc. The ‘18 Cuvée Blanc is 95% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Semillon. The Sauvignon Blanc (SB) grapes are sourced from Dalla Gasperina vineyard in Rutherford. The vineyard soil is a mosaic of gravelly loam and sand along with volcanic and marine sediments.
60% of the SB was fermented in a one year old French Oak barrel which produces stone fruit aromas and tastes (e.g., peach and apricot). The remaining SB was fermented in stainless steel tanks which allowed the crisp, fresh citrus fruit to emerge. The two lots were combined and aged for 15 months in French Oak barrels (35% new and 65% once-used) with constant lees contact. The lees were stirred every 2-3 weeks for 10 months to keep the wine fresh and encourage additional depth, creaminess, and complexity. Semillon was added to provide richness and honey and toasty notes.
Greyscale Cuvée Blanc is a perfect wine for sipping or with a light meal such as pasta, seafood or Asian food.
At public tastings, people are always surprised that Greyscale Cuvée Blanc smells and tastes different than typical Sauvignon Blancs. Some tasters comment it is more sophisticated but not as intense as a typical Chardonnay. We find it refreshing and complimentary to many light to medium weight foods.