Bottle Notes, Merlot

2012 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.

Purple in color. 14.9% ABV. Red fruits, espresso and anise on the nose. Big and bold on the palate with substantial tannins. Medium body with healthy acidity. Flavors of strawberry, currants and dark chocolate. The wine finishes strong and will clearly benefit from 3-5 years in the cellar. Lots to like here. Pretty Merlot from an exceptional vintage.

My rating: 91 points.

$43 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.

If you enjoyed this post please consider subscribing to Zinfandel Chronicles updates by email.

Tagged ,

Leave a Comment