GRO Wines

Polaris Vineyard
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain

2023 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 27 | Lot No. 53
Vintage: 2021

GRO Wines

Polaris Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain

5 cases produced


  • This is the very first Polaris Vineyard Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon made by GRO Wines
  • Vineyard manager Jon Dodge helped craft the style of early Napa Valley wines while at Burgess Cellars
  • The 30-year-old vineyard grows above the fogline in low-vigor, red volcanic soil
  • Taste the vineyard in its purest form as 100% Cabernet Sauvignon before the blend changes


Winemaking is, more than anything, about farming. GRO Wines loves to work directly with those who grow the grapes. Our partnership with Polaris Vineyard is an example of this close relationship between grapegrower and winemaker. Jon Dodge is a grapegrower, an artist and a Boy Scout leader. He is a kind, thoughtful man who shares his wisdom freely. As a longtime Napa Valley grower and vineyard manager, he helped craft the wine style of early Napa Valley wines as the grapegrower for Burgess Cellars. The 30-year-old Polaris Vineyard grows in red volcanic soil that is low in vigor. Its location above the fogline allows for slow flavor development, giving the resulting wine a rich complexity. This is the very first Polaris Vineyard wine by GRO Wines. Taste the vineyard in its purest form as 100% Cabernet Sauvignon before the blend changes for bottling.

Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")

Lars Bjorkman

Winemaker, GRO Wines

Winemaker, Lars Bjorkman

Lars Bjorkman grew up in Fresno, CA, surrounded by table grape and raisin vineyards. His family settled there from Sweden just before he was born, making him the first of his family to be born in the United States. Using his offensive line football skills to get into University of California, Davis, where he initially planned to pursue medicine like his father, he instead pivoted to graduate with a degree in viticulture and enology from the world-renowned program. Lars has worked at Gloria Ferrer, R.H. Phillips, BRL Hardy’s in Australia, Flora Springs, and Saddleback in Oakville, where he now makes the wine along with owner Nils Venge--the first Napa Valley winemaker to receive 100 points from Robert Parker. He also consults for various projects.

Country born: United States

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winery Distribution

GRO Wines is distributed in the following markets. Please contact the winery directly for the most up-to-date distribution information and to explore commercial opportunities.

GRO Wines Contact: Molly Hill

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