Grgich Hills Estate
2012 Napa Valley Fume Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc •Estate Vineyard
California: Napa Valley
Today’s 2012 Napa Valley Fume Blanc is yet another stunner from our friends at Grgich Hills Estate. It takes a pretty fantastic wine to drive our tasting panel to ask for a second taste, and today’s Fume was just that good.
At our tasting panel, we light-heartedly described today’s offering as Springtime in a Glass. We loved this wine’s delicious fresh notes of white fruit, flower petals, and a touch of honey. The finish has a lovely pop of acidity paired with subtle undercurrent of oaky creaminess, resulting in an overwhelmingly elegant mouthfeel, and a wine that is a perfect accompaniment to a summer picnic.
Grgich holds their releases until they are ready, so today’s offering is at its peak. Don’t miss out on this stellar white wine!
Pale gold throughout the glass, reminiscent of rays of morning sunshine.
Bright and fresh, with clear aromas of spring leaping from the glass. Notes of white peach, apricot, and fresh pear are paired with white floral notes, lavender, and grapefruit zest.
Very well balanced on the palate, with Meyer lemon, lime flower, and fresh grapefruit elegantly laid overtop slight toasty oak, buttery brioche, honeysuckle, lemongrass, and a hint of lilac.
Absolutely delightful on the finish, with a bright acidity that makes this wine a perfect pairing for a warm spring day. The acidity is paired with just a touch of oaky creaminess to create a very elegant mouthfeel.
A refreshing springtime meal of pasta with peas, asparagus, butter lettuce, and prosciutto.
What the Winery Says
We enjoyed a wonderful vintage from start to finish in 2012, our best since 2005. A gentle spring allowed for textbook flowering and fruit set, followed by a long procession of warm, sunny days with no nasty heat spikes. Thanks to the excellent weather, the longer-than-average growing season produced wonderfully balanced and ripe grapes.
Relying on naturally-occurring yeasts, we fermented 80% of the grapes in 900-gallon French oak casks, called foudres, with the remainder in previously-used small French oak barrels. We then aged the wine six months on its lees (the spent yeast) in neutral barrels. The combination of the right clones and cool growing region produced crisp flavors of Meyer lemon, white peach, and dried apricot with mineral notes that are perfect with a wide range of food, including grilled fish, goat cheese salad, and spicy Mexican or Asian cuisine.
91 Point Review - Wine Review Online This 2012 Fumé Blanc is particularly impressive. The vintage was ideal, a relatively cool year with no heat spikes and a long growing season. This wine will probably develop and age very nicely, because of its high acidity. But why wait to enjoy it, when it is so beautiful now, and so intriguing? Springtime can come early, at least in our wine glasses.
- Ivo Jeramaz
- 91 Points - Wine Review Online
- Napa Valley, California
- Estate Vineyard
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Sauvignon Blanc
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.