Grgich Hills Estate, in Rutherford, in the Napa Valley, was founded in 1977 by Mike Grgich. Grgich earned fame in 1976 when the Chardonnay he produced as winemaker at Chateau Montelena won first prize among white wines at the now famous Paris Wine Tasting. The estate has 366 acres of vineyards in American Canyon, Carneros, Yountville, Rutherford and Calistoga and is still best known for its Chardonnays, which consistently earn accolades from wine critics. Grgich also makes Fume Blanc, Zinfandel, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and dessert wines.
From the Estate Vineyard in Yountville. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Dark Crimson in color. 14.7% ABV. Black fruits, leather, graphite and flowers on the nose. Deep and rich. Full bodied with nice acidity. Black cherries, cassis and dark chocolate on the palate. The finish is exceptional. The structure here suggests this wine will develop nicely in the cellar for at least the next 7-10 years.
My rating: 92 points.
$65 at the winery and retail.
Grgich Hills is one of Napa’s iconic wineries. Consider stopping by when you next visit Napa Valley.
This review was based on a sample provided by the winery.
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