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We share a belief that when you do something for the right reasons, greatness is possible.

Great friends - Matt White, Mark Gray, and I take little for granted. This wine venture is no exception. Our goal: to create something worth appreciating, like the time we’ve spent together.

Our search for an area rich in heritage, resources, and committed winemakers took us 2,297 miles west from our homes in Kentucky to Napa Valley. We traveled to California time and again. Wine was shared, stories were told, and our idea was born. For those not as accustomed to leaning against the rail, Post Parade refers to the moment when thoroughbred horses walk on to the racetrack, minutes before stepping into the starting gate. In our eyes, a rare moment of perfection.

At our helm is Thomas Rivers Brown, one of Napa Valley’s most distinctive and acclaimed winemakers.

Our first vintage was the 2010, which sold out quickly as have the last three vintages. The 2013 caught others attention, including Mr. Parker’s - “There are 425 cases of this beauty, which displays a dense ruby/purple color and notes of lead pencil shavings, blackberry, cassis and a touch of toasty oak in a full-bodied, layered, concentrated style. Drink it over the next 15 or so years” (Robert Parker Rating: 92). As we announce the release of our 2014 vintage, our excitement only builds with graciousness to Mother Nature and our winemaking team - lovely now and only better with age.

Finally, in keeping with our thoroughbred racing theme, a new addition to our stable—Stretch Drive. Rutherford fruit, same TRB magic. A Napa Cab with immediate drinkability. The 2014 Stretch Drive release is very limited - if you find a bottle; grab it/drink it. The 2015 production is much larger and will be available in limited quantities fall of 2017 to those who purchase Post Parade. As a race horse digs in when turning for home, so are we with the inaugural release of Stretch Drive!

Cheers!

Brook Smith

Post Parade is 100% Napa Valley, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Our grapes come from two vineyards, chosen for the way they complement each other.

Tench Vineyard

Tench Vineyard, owned by Brian and Adair Tench, is in Oakville, just off the eastern Oakville bench. The eastern side of the property consists of red, rocky soils of clay and volcanic rock, perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit from this site has the perfect mix of power, opulence and finesse, and provides the structure of Post Parade. “A lot of valley floor vineyards are all fruit, but this site has a lot of backbone that helps balance the finished wine,” says Brown.


Red Head Vineyard

Red Head Vineyard, owned by Ed and Jan Brown is located on Old Soda Springs Road north of the city of Napa, on the southeast side of the Napa Valley. Once a llama pasture, Ed and Jan planted a 7.5-acre vineyard of clone 685 on the site’s rocky southwest-facing hillside in 2007. “There's not much clone 685 planted in the valley,” says Brown, “but everywhere I've tasted it, I've been impressed. Grapes from Red Head provide the softer, plusher side of the wine.”

The proportion of each is determined by barrel tasting the aging wines to make best use of each vintage’s personality.



“Most of the projects I work with focus on one site and what you harvest is what you get in a given year,” says winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown. “Both of these sites are A+ pieces of dirt but contribute vastly different attributes. So, we have the luxury of blending across sites and AVAs for quality and consistency while still being able to play to each vintage’s strengths.”

-Thomas Rivers Brown

Technique

During crush, we’re up before the sun to harvest grapes during the cool morning hours so that they reach the winery still at the perfect sugar/acid balance. The fruit is hand-sorted twice: once by cluster, and after the clusters are de-stemmed, berry by berry, to make sure that only perfectly ripe, unblemished fruit makes it to the crusher.

The fruit goes into stainless steel tanks to cold soak for 5-7 days before we begin fermentation. We prefer to ferment on natural yeast to enhance the fruit’s complexity, and no sulfur is added. The wines ferment on skin approximately 16 days, after which we drain off the free-run juice, gently press the must and place the wine in a blend of 90% new French oak barrels from Ermitage and Taransaud. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation prior to aging for added smoothness. We create our blend after about 14 months or so in barrel, and that finished blend enjoys another 4-6 months in oak before bottling.

“Post Parade has been the most enjoyable project I’ve taken on in recent memory. I don’t need to tell anyone that knows Brook et al that fun is a top priority with this undertaking.”
—Thomas Rivers Brown








Post Parade




2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 3 pack - Post Parade Wines


NEW

2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


3 pack

$270.00
Add to Cart

Production: 430 cases

Napa has been on a qualitative roll of late with 2014 falling right in line with the lauded 2012 & 2013 vintages. 2014 was the third year of drought like conditions in Northern California which helped us get off to an early start with terrific concentrated berries and fruit.

The 2014 Post Parade presents itself as a hypothetical blend of the best attributes of the 2012 & 2013 releases. The generous fruit, reminiscent of the 2012, is immediately apparent upon pulling the cork. Right below the initial fruit lies the density and fine tannin structure that those who have tried the 2013 would immediately recognize. If drinking in the near term, a healthy decanting would be in order. If cellaring, 2-3 years would be ideal before cracking that first bottle. 
Thomas Rivers Brown, Winemaker

***Orders will begin shipping late October 2016, weather permitting. 


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2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 3 pack - Post Parade Wines


2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


3 pack

$270.00
SOLD OUT

Production: 363 cases

2013 encapsulated all the good points of the previous growing season and then took it up a notch. The transition from budbreak to bloom to veraison to harvest was extremely well spaced out.  Temperatures stayed mild, with only one heat spike above 100 degrees in late June, and there was zero rain until November once all the fruit had been brought into the winery.  There’s always an element of mystery when it comes to how a wine will turn out in the end, but right from the beginning, the 2013 vintage wines showed so well.  Undoubtedly the best vintage since 2007, the 2013 Post Parade resonates with light airy aromatic notes, a complex and intricate fruit core, mouth coating concentration and a finish that lingers and leaves you wanting more before it’s gone away.
Thomas Rivers Brown, Winemaker


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2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 3 pack - Post Parade Wines


2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


3 pack

$270.00
Sold Out

Production: 407 cases

Much like preparing a great meal, the final product can only be a result and reflection of the hard work, attention to detail and ingredients used to make it. Post Parade works with two of the finest vineyards in Napa (Tench, Redhead), both of which are expertly farmed, however without Mother Nature’s cooperation, those first two can often not be enough. In 2012, we were able to start realizing the potential of this project and the sites that make it special. The 685 clone from the Red Head Vineyard provides lifted aromatics and a fruit forwardness that let you know we are firmly in Napa Valley. The Tench brings a slightly more brooding, tight knit profile of minerality, gravel and blackberry that gives tremendous complexity and balance. A wine that truly represents vintage, Cabernet and Napa Valley.
Thomas Rivers Brown, Winemaker


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Stretch Drive




2014 Stretch Drive Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - Post Parade Wines


2014 Stretch Drive


Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

$65.00
Will Be Available To Our List In Fall of 2017

Napa has been on a qualitative roll of late with 2014 falling right in line with the lauded 2012 & 2013 vintages. 2014 was the third year of drought like conditions in Northern California which helped us get off to an early start with terrific concentrated berries and fruit.

The 2014 Stretch Drive Cabernet Sauvignon is perfectly representative of the vintage. Full of red fruit, bright & lush, right out of the gate this is ready to go. However as the wine sits in the glass, the underlying tannin structure starts to come to the fore. Enjoy now or over the next 10+ years.

Thomas Rivers Brown, Winemaker

***Orders will begin shipping late October 2016, weather permitting. 


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The best ventures in life come down to creating something thoughtful and honest. And to us, that meant a wine worth slowing down for.

Nothing pretentious, but something to sit back and savor for a moment in this fast world: a wine that pays homage to what’s come before—and hints at what’s possible next.






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