Bottle Notes, Merlot

2011 Grgich Hills Estate Merlot – 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.

Bright red in color. 13.5% ABV. Red fruits, charcoal and licorice on the nose. Medium body with medium acidity. Elegant and nicely structured. The wine shows the lean texture you might expect from the cool vintage. Currants, cassis, cocoa and tobacco on the palate. The finish is promising. Nice showing considering the challenging vintage. Drink over the next 3-5 years.

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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