2014 Mount Peak Winery Gravity Proprietary Red
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Mount Peak’s ‘Gravity’ red might just be the most Californian wine ever made. Back in the 1880s, Mount Peak was one of California’s great pre-prohibition estates, situated in the legendary Monte Rosso vineyard, with a groundbreaking gravity feed winery. Prohibition ended that operation, but today California’s most famous ‘ghost estate’ is thriving once again atop the Mayacamas mountain range with old vine plantings that are the envy of the new world. Their aptly named ‘Gravity’ Proprietary Red is, according to Robert Parker, a “killer wine at a great price for something this profound.” This is a blockbuster red saturated with layers of fruit, earth, and California history.
A unique assemblage of 33% Petite Sirah, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Zinfandel and the rest Syrah, Grenache and Barbera, the Mount Peak ‘Gravity’ combines all of the Golden State’s many influences, from 19th century Italian and Spanish settlers to 20th century French winemaking. The steep hillsides of the Monte Rosso Vineyard (named for its iron rich soil) are about 1,300 feet up in the Mayacamas range near the Napa/Sonoma border. A famous vineyard even before prohibition, it was a miracle of agricultural engineering being planted on such inaccessible slopes, and it is still home to some of the oldest Cabernet plantings in North America.
Here's a chance to try a uniquely Californian wine from one of the best heritage vineyards in North America. Cheers!