Pronounced "gree-OH," our name is inspired by the West African tribal historians, the storytellers who perpetuate village traditions through their composition of both music and poetry.
For centuries, these compositions have been created on the Kora, a 21-string instrument with harp-like sounds. Like the stories themselves, the musical skills required to play the Kora are passed along to descendants, which has made the instrument a prominent fixture in traditional African tribal music.
Every wine has a story, and Griot shares ours.
Our “blend of the storyteller” was created in a traditional Bordeaux style blend known as “Claret.” This second release of Cuvée du Griot is composed of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Syrah, 15% Petite Sirah, 2% Malbec and 1% Petite Verdot.
Sourced from five different vineyard blocks in the Napa Valley and Paso Robles, the cuvée features Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot selected from three small vineyards situated in Coombsville and Carneros regions of the Napa Valley with the Petite Sirah, Malbec and a portion of Cabernet Sauvignon coming from 3 different vineyard blocks sourced on both east & west sides of Paso Robles.
The five varietals were harvested by hand, aged for 15 months in French and American oak barrels, and then blended to heighten the essence of dark fruit flavors and terroir expressed in this distinctive red wine cuvée.