Grgich Hills Estate
2009 Napa Valley Merlot
Merlot •Estate Vineyard
California: Napa Valley
Today’s Grgich Hills Estate 2009 Napa Valley Merlot is a dynamite wine from one of our favorite wineries in all of Napa.
This classic Napa Valley Merlot will certainly thrill any red wine fan. Our tasting panel couldn’t get enough, with quite a few panelists clamoring for a bottle to take home with them. The juicy, rich flavors will pair beautifully with any number of meal choices, but the consensus was that anything prepared over a grill would be absolutely sublime.
Please enjoy our heartiest recommendation for today’s Napa Gem. This 94 Pointer is a guaranteed crowd pleaser!
Deep, dark red, like a super ripe black cherry.
A classic Napa Merlot, with juicy dark berries, fresh blueberry, and black raspberry abutting hints of soft brown baking spices, tobacco leaf, berry bramble, and a touch of lavender.
A delight in the glass, with lush, rich flavors just cascading across the palate. Blackberry and blueberry mingle with cedar wood, vanilla bean, mocha powder, fresh forest floor, clove, and a slight kick of black peppercorn.
Delightfully soft and subtle, with a touch of grippy tannin and a wonderful, robust structure.
Rosemary, garlic, and sea salt rubbed New York Strip grilled over charcoal and finished with a drizzle of herbal butter.
What the Winery Says
This is a Cabernet lovers’ Merlot! It’s bright strawberries, cherries, and black pepper with a velvety mouthfeel make you ask for more! The wine’s firm tannins and vibrant acidity create the perfect partner with beef tenderloin, rack of lamb, or roasted pork.
94 Point Review - Wine Review Online The current vintage of Grgich Merlot is a yet another example of how this remarkable winery has succeeded while going against the conventional wisdom over these past three decades. The approach is decidely Old World, evidenced by the fact that with all of its wines Grgich is a vintage or two behind its neighbors in the Napa Valley, choosing to give its wines additional bottle age before releasing them to market. The use of wild (indigenous) yeasts to ferment its wines is common in Europe, but frowned upon in most U.S. precincts, where cultured yeasts are the norm. The wines are always impeccably balanced and among the most cellar-worthy made in the United States. In my cellar I have Grgich Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the early 1990s that are in superb condition, with many more years left in an already long life. So I look at the 2009 Grgich Merlot two ways. In the moment it is a beautiful wine that exhibits firm structure, inviting aromas of red and black fruits with hints of savory spices, and it’s a steal at the price. On the other hand, I can’t wait to taste it again in a dozen years or more.
Wine Enthusiast Review This Merlot is so rich and fruity, it’s like an orchard in a bottle. Really gob smacks you with blackberries, cherries, plums and currants, set off with some heat from alcohol. Showcases the sunny ability of Napa Valley to get fruit this ripe.
- Ivo Jeramaz
- 94 Points - Wine Review Online
- Napa Valley
- 100% Estate Vineyard
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Merlot
- 18 months in 100% French oak, 30% new
About the Winery
Miljenko “Mike” Grgich first gained international recognition at the celebrated “Paris Tasting” of 1976. Then, in a now-historic blind tasting, a panel of eminent French judges swirled, sniffed, and sipped an array of the fabled white Burgundies of France and a small sampling of upstart Chardonnays from the Napa Valley. When their scores were tallied, the French judges were shocked: they had chosen Mike’s 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay as the finest white wine in the world. Mon Dieu! The results stunned the international wine establishment and immediately earned Mike a reputation as one of the greatest winemakers in the world.
The Paris Tasting served notice to the world that the California wine industry was on the move, and it laid the groundwork for the creation of Grgich Hills Cellar. After his victory in Paris, Mike sat down with Austin Hills and his sister, Mary Lee Strebl, from the Hills Bros. Coffee family, and on Independence Day 1977, they gave birth to Grgich Hills. It was an ideal partnership. Austin owned premium vineyards in Rutherford, in the heart of the Napa Valley, and with his extensive background in business, he put the winery on its financial feet. Mike, with his fierce commitment to making wines of the highest quality, began producing what immediately became our signature wine: the exquisite, richly complex Chardonnays that win awards and delight wine lovers across America and throughout the world.
Today, we remain committed to making distinctive wines with quality, consistency and longevity. We are proud that world leaders such as Presidents Reagan and Clinton, Queen Elizabeth II and French President François Mitterrand chose our wines to serve at state dinners, but we are just as proud that every single day discriminating wine drinkers count on Grgich Hills to turn their own dinners into special occasions.