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Grgich Hills Estate | Napa Valley

Vintage report: December 2016

Jorge Nave carefully tops Merlot barrels, replacing wine that has naturally evaporated.

Our late harvest 2016 Violetta continues to progress nicely through fermentation. In the cellar, we continue monitoring the red wines as they begin to undergo malolactic fermentation. As individual lots finish this secondary fermentation, we rack the wine out of barrel, cleaning them and then returning the wine to the clean barrels for further aging.

The vineyards are slowly entering their winter slumber; the only activity right now is cover crops have sprung up, thanks to recent rains.

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