Graziano graduated from the UC Davis Enology Program and established Milano Winery. He then worked for La Crema during the 1980s. Graziano makes wine under a number of different labels with grapes from all over Mendocino County. In the Yorkville Highlands, he mainly focuses on Bordeaux varietals.
Yorkville Cellars makes one of the best single varietal examples of Petit Verdot in California. Along with this uncommon grape, the winery also makes an excellent Semillon that is big and ripe. But Yorkville Cellars is best known for their “Royal Pair” wines.
“Eleanor of Aquitaine” is a white Bordeaux blend that is aged in French oak barrels for 10 months. This wine uses Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon which are the two traditional white varietals of Bordeaux.
“Richard the Lion Heart” is a red Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. It was aged for 21 months in French oak. This wine is a tremendously good value.