In 2012 Mother Nature produced the "perfect" growing season in Napa Valley and yielded a rare combination of quality fruit and an abundant crop load. Growers and winemakers across the Valley expressed high expectations for a classic year that will produce epic wines. This outstanding vintage sets the backdrop for this series as it takes viewers into 3 renowned Napa Valley wineries and the lives of the people who make the wine.
DIY at Chimney Rock (#104H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
The Chimney Rock team take matters into their own hands, picking one row of grapes from their vineyard. They don't pick quite as fast as the pros and then they have to press the fruit ... by hand. At Markham Vineyards, Charlie Wolleson's grapes arrive at the winery while Rutherford Hill mourns the passing of an iconic member of the winery.
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The Never-Ending Crush (#105H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Marisa makes a last minute decision to pick an entire vineyard of her best Merlot, resulting in a long day, and night, for Rutherford Hill. At Chimney Rock they finally have their first big pick of the harvest, processing 60 tons of Merlot, while at Markham Vineyards they have a little slow time, and a Mexican BBQ on the crush pad.
Pressing to the Finish (#106H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.