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The first vines ever planted in the Napa Valley were planted in Yountville by George C. Yount in 1836.  Today Yountville is recognized as one of the best winegrowing regions in the world, and due to the unique relationship of soil and climate has been called “the combination of all that is possible in the Napa Valley.”  The official AVA (American Viticulture Area) status was established in 1999.

The wines are all Estate grown by the 3rd generation of the Perata Family; the 4th generation, represented by Nicholas, recently turned 3 years old.  Over the past 62 years this land has supported many agricultural products, from row crops, apricots, Black Mission Figs, walnuts, to growing livestock, and of course grapes, yet until the release of the 2005 vintage all grapes were sold to high profile wineries in Napa Valley.  The Perata family now offers two wines, Estate Yountville Reserve with a limited production of approximately 250 cases per vintage, and Frank’s Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, named for Frank Perata, Nicholas’ Grandfather who still lives on the property and walks the vineyards every day.  The balance of the harvest is still sold to other wineries for their premium labels.  Some of Perata’s vineyard neighbors include Gemstone, Paraduxx, Pina Cellars Wolfe Vineyards, Kapcsandy, Carmen Policy and Monticello Vineyards Yountville Cabernet.

Current Vintages


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Perata Franks Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Yountville, Napa
18 months in two year to Neutral French Oak barrels.
Less than 1,500 cases
Medium body, ample tannins and crisp red ripe fruit character.

   


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Perata Estate Reserve  Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Yountville, Napa Valley
Aged in New Oak for 28 months
Only 220 cases produced
Soft Tannins with hints of Ripe Plum, blackberries and slight leather and tobacco aromas to balance the fruit characters.

The Wine Maker - Gary Galleron

Gary has a degree in viticulture and enology from Fresno University in 1976. That same year Gary started up the wine making ladder at Chateau Montelena under the guidance of Mike Grigich. Since then he has gone on to produce world class award winning wines for the most prestigious names in Napa Valley Including Whitehall Lane, Grace Family, Hartwell, Vineyard 29, Del Dotto, Seavey, S. Anderson, Chateau Montelana, William Harrison Vineyards, Mario Perelli-Minetti Winery and now for Perata Vineyards.

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