91 Points - Wine Enthusiast 

REVIEWS

Vespera combines Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Petite Sirah from two of the winery's signature vineyards, Grigsby and Collinetta, into an explosion of chocolate, mint and intense tannins. A tropical layer lurks on the back palate, making the wine an intriguing quaff. --Wine Enthusiast

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Petit Verdot, 17% Petite Sirah
  • APPELLATION
    Napa Valley
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    1.5L (Magnum)
  • AGING/COOPERAGE
    20 months in small French Oak barrels, 65% new
  • PRODUCTION
    215 cases produced
  • FRUIT

  • BODY

  • OAK

  • ACIDITY

Made exclusively from the family vineyard’s organically farmed grapes, which are selectively harvested by hand in the cool hours of the night. Rocca takes the term “handcrafted” quite literally and creates a wine with great land, amazing fruit, a watchful eye, and gentle hands.

The goal at Rocca is to make wines the reflect the unique characteristics of the vineyards from which they come. To this end, all of the wines are made from organically-farmed, estate-grown grapes, which are selectively harvested by hand. In assembling the wines for Vespera, the barrels are individually selected for the lots.

TASTING NOTES 

Dense, and inky purple to match its rich personality. The wines is all about waves of sumptuous dark fruit that blend blackberry, creme de casis, huckleberry and black cherry. Subtle flourishes of chocolate, spicy oak and cocoa butter combine with delicate floral notes to complement the fruit. Consistant with the personality of the vintage, the trademark velvety soft tannins are denser here than in past years. They're a perfect match for the wine's richness and provide a full-bodied, palate-coating texture and a delicioustly long finish. 

*invino maintains excellent cellaring conditions, and strives to sell every bottle in pristine condition. As is standard industry practice, any wine purchased over seven vintage years old, is sold "as is" and may not be returned for any reason.

THE STORY TO KNOW

The idea for Rocca Family Vineyards began in 1995, Mary Rocca and her husband Dr. Eric Grigsby began a quest for the perfect vineyard. Their three year search finally yielded results: a 21-acre vineyard nestled deep in the heart of the Napa Valley. After renaming the new parcel Grigsby Vineyard, Mary devoted her full attention to the new project, while Eric continued to cultivate a career as one of the nation’s most respected pain management physicians. Mary called upon renowned winemaker Celia Welch Masyczek to produce the label’s first vintage in 2000. By 2002 the Grigsby Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon came in #1 in a blind tasting of 12 Rising Star Cabernets at the Vintners Club tasting in the U.S. Later, the wine was chosen # 1 in France's 12 Best Cabernets from California. Years of accolades and popular opinion have established Rocca as one of the industry’s finest wine producers, a reputation the team is happy to uphold. In 2000 Mary purchased the 11-acre Collinetta Vineyard, planted on a small hill in the Coombsville Appellation. These two vineyards produce some of the Valley’s finest wine grapes. In 2008, Celia passed the winemaking baton to Paul Colantuoni, who continues to produce world-class wines under the Rocca label.