The Cabernet at Chimney Rock is ready at last and the team crushes fruit from three vineyard blocks. This signals the final push for harvest 2012. Once all the fruit in, the fermented tanks of red wine need to be drained and then dug out by hand. To celebrate the closing of harvest the winemakers gather at Chimney Rock, try each other's wines and look back at what they expect will be a vintage for the ages.
In 2012, the "perfect" growing season in Napa Valley yielded a rare combination of an abundant crop and quality grapes. Across the Valley, growers and winemakers expressed high expectations for a potentially outstanding vintage.VINTAGE explores a year in the life of three renowned Napa Valley wineries and its winemakers, including Brazilian-born Elizabeth Vianna of Chimney Rock; straight-shooting Kimberlee Nichols of Markham Vineyards, one of the oldest and largest wineries in Napa; and California native Marisa Taylor of Rutherford Hill.