Classick Grappa di Cabernet - Stags Leap
Grappa (also called “Marc” in France) is a traditional Italian drink, made from the leftover skins and seeds of grapes used for wine. This is called the "Pommacy" or "Pommace". The Pommace is fermented and distilled in its natural state. The result is around 90 proof and clear in color.
Grappa is typically dry and high in alcohol content, with flavors ranging from floral to earthy. It can have highlights of oak or juniper berries as well. Grappa is typically consumed after dinner as a digestif, but in Italy it is enjoyed throughout the day. Unfortunatly, many grappas have the reputation of being hot and harsh in the mouth and very aggressive. This is caused greatly by the fact that grappa or marc production is too often treated as a salvage distillation.
Many folks of our acquaintance wince when making reference to their previous grappa experiences. Usually accompanied by some story about how someone held them hostage after a meal and made them drink grappa all night in some out of the way hostelry. Evil dreams often followed!
However Essential Spirits, due to our unique distilling technology, is rapidly changing perceptions of what grappa is and demonstrating what a delightful spirits experience it can be! Our Master Distiller has established liaison with the very best of the Napa Valley wine makers who notify him of the crush schedule each year and the tonnages available.
It takes about 12-15 pounds of fresh pommace to produce a single bottle of grappa di cabernet. Essential Spirits is there waiting when the press is finished and whisks the fresh pommace directly to the still the same day. The result is a delightfully smooth, unctuous spirit that is redolent of the aroma of the specific grape used in the wine. To taste it is to be transported to the wine press on the day of the press! Follow the links above to find out more about each of the unique grappas offered by Essential Spirits.