“Equipo” is the Spanish term for “team,” and the Grassinis are fortunate to have had the same team ever since their vines were first planted in Happy Canyon in 2002. Vineyard foreman, Manuel, and his crew planted every vine on the estate, so not only are they familiar with the land and all of its intricacies, but they are like family to the Grassinis. At their annual end-of-harvest picnic several years ago, Sharon Grassini learned that Manuel’s infant son needed life-saving heart surgery. To help defray some of the unexpected costs that come with surgery, the Grassini family organized an emergency fund for not only Manuel’s family, but also to help other members of the vineyard crew with future emergency costs like this. The idea has since transformed into an ongoing collaboration between the Grassini family and their vineyard team, known as The Equipo Program. Through this program, a portion of their vineyard has been allocated to producing the Grassini Equipo blend, a wine in which the crew has complete control over the decisions made in the vineyard, such as irrigation, fertilization, and pruning. Part of the proceeds from the sale of the Equipo wine go toward keeping the emergency fund going, as a way of thanking the team for their hard work and dedication.
Grassini, Equipo Red Blend, 2015
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|Region||Santa Ynez Valley, California, USA|
|Grape||90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc|
|Tasting Notes||It is delicious and complex, with blackberry, black currant, bittersweet chocolate and licorice on the nose. The palate packs black plum, black cherry and charred meat with a cocoa finish.|