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Chateau La Grande Roche is a brand within the Forman family of wines. The name was derived in recognition of the presence of the gravel nature of the Forman Vineyard which is surrounded by massive boulders (Grande Roche) in a true clos-like fashion. It is 100% estate grown and is generally and predominantly made up of Cabernet Sauvignon but, depending on the vintage, can also have Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petite Verdot in the blend. The brand was created in 1984 to ensure that the Forman Cabernet Sauvignon would consistently meet the exacting standards that the wine maintains. One could analogize the brand; Grande Roche is to Forman what Pavillon Rouge is to Margaux.

Chateau La Grande Roche by Forman 2017 Cabernet, Napa Valley
GGWC 44.99
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A classic Forman Napa Cabernet this “Grande Roche” offers up a gorgeous nose of bright cherries, cassis, flowers, and a touch of herbal elements. This lush wine is medium to full-bodied with great richness offering some floral elements, silky grained tannins, and unbelievable elegance.  This youngster can be enjoyed now and should cellar well for 5-8 years.

Winemaker Notes:  Stunning cassis and cocoa entrance with a plush and fairly extracted mouth feel. There is so much going on here that it’s very exciting to drink now but some bottle age is going to elevate this fabulous complex of fruit and weight into quite a wonderful wine.

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