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.
Bright red in color. 15.5% ABV. 97% Zinfandel and 3% Petite Sirah from the 34 acre estate vineyard in Calistoga. Red fruits, tar, iron and pepper on the nose. Full bodied and supple with nice acidity. Strawberry, raspberry, peppercorn, vanilla and plum flavors on the palate. The finish is long and creamy. The wine will continue to improve with time in the cellar. Drink over the next 3-5 years.
My rating: 91 points.
$35 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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