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.
Golden in color. 14.1% ABV. Gorgeous nose of tropical fruits, lemon oil and peaches. Rich and creamy with just the right amount of acidity. Lush and decadent. Pears, creme brulee, minerals and a kiss of toasty oak on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. The best Chardonnay I have had from Grgich in recent memory. Drink over the next 5-7 years.
My rating: 93 points.
This wine is widely availed for right around $45 per bottle.
Grgich Hills is one of Napa’s iconic wineries and one of the few wineries in Napa that has a white program that rivals their red program. Hard to go wrong here. Consider stopping by when you next visit Napa Valley.
This review was based on sample provided by the winery.
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