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 a reputation as one of the greatest winemakers in the world at the celebrated “Paris Tasting” of 1976. Eminent French judges chose Mike’s 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay as the finest white wine in the world. Mon Dieu!
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. 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.
Winemaker Ivo Jeramaz
Ivo was born in Croatia to a family of grape growers and as boy he assisted in making wine for his family’s enjoyment. In 1986, with the help of his uncle, Miljenko “Mike” Grgich, Ivo followed his dream and came to Napa Valley.
He quickly fell in love with the scenic beauty of the area and became fascinated with wine making. During his almost-three decades at Grgich Hills Ivo has worked his way up in responsibility, learning the classic style and art of winemaking from his uncle, supported by the tools of science and technology.
While he has taken enology and viticulture courses at UC Davis, Ivo says, “I’ve learned more working in the vineyards and in the winery with Mike.” Under the guidance of his uncle, Ivo is now responsible for the day-to-day operations in the cellar and the vineyard.
“At Grgich Hills, we grow grapes like my grandfather did, farming without chemicals and pesticides,” Ivo says. “Mike taught me early in my career that you need great grapes to make great wine. Over the years, I’ve focused on working with the land. Through our natural farming, it’s been very rewarding to see the soil alive with healthier plants than under conventional farming. It allows the wines to be more authentic—more distinctive.”
Since 2003, our vineyards have been in full production, and our wines are 100% estate-grown, produced, and bottled. We have 366 total acres planted in five vineyards that form a string of pearls running through the heart of Napa Valley: American Canyon, Carneros, Yountville, Rutherford, and Calistoga.
Each has its own unique climate, and we have carefully chosen the varietals best-suited for each vineyard’s terroir. Because our vineyards are so vital to the success of our winemaking, we put great emphasis on being thoughtful stewards of our land and vines. We have done so for more than 30 years, and that is one primary reason why Grgich Hills has consistently produced award-winning wines that are enjoyed across America and all around the world.
Sustainable Farming Practices
Our guiding philosophy is quite simple: great wines always begin with exceptional fruit. Committed to natural winegrowing and sustainability, we farm our five estate vineyards without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, and they are all Certified Organic.