Bottle Notes, Chardonnay

2012 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay – Bottle Notes

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.

Shimmering gold in color. 13.5% ABV. Vanilla, lemon curd and pears on the nose. Rich and creamy with nice balance and acidity. Lemon oil, peach, green apple and creme brulee on the palate. The wine finishes strong. Drink over the next 3-5 years although there is a track record here for longer aging if you are so inclined.

My rating: 91 points.

$42 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 sample provided by the winery.

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