Grgich Hills Estate
2016 Napa Valley Estate Grown Chardonnay
California: Napa Valley
Have you seen Bottle Shock THE movie about the historic 1976 Judgement of Paris? If you have, THIS wine is the modern-day HERO featured in this outstanding flick. If you have not, as a wine-lover you OWE it to yourself and the founding fathers of the California fine wine scene such as Robert Mondavi, Warren Winiarski, Jim Barrett or Mike Grgich, to see it AND pair the experience with a bottle of this. We guarantee a much, much better viewing experience, and the wine will taste even better too!
A diamond-esque brilliance lights up like sparks with glimmering gold highlights. The nose is defined by captivating lemon, and white flowers, as just some of the nuances that take shape over time with swirling. Fresh and linear on the palate, with minerals, crushed rocks, grapefruit, and a striking precision that defines the mouthfeel, with attractive fatness adding body, and lovely depth but without excess weight. Poached halibut with a beurre blanc sauce, over a saffron and sweet corn risotto would be a plate made in heaven for this timeless Chardonnay flirting with perfection.
We can’t recall another $35 Napa Chardonnay this good, at least in recent memory, with a Platinum award AND 97 points from Decanter magazine, the most prestigious British wine publication. It’s as if Miljenko ‘Mike’ Grgich has continued to make that winning 1973 Montelena Chardonnay of his, uninterrupted, as the glorious young man he is today, in preparation of his 100th birthday just around the corner! Back up your rusty old Chevy pickup for this classic and load it all up, they just don’t make them like this anymore!
Here’s what the wine press has to say.
97 Points - Decanter - “World Wine Awards Platinum Medal! Stunningly complex with aromas of smoke, brioche, toast and a little flintiness. This is beautifully balanced with a blend of sweet apple, oyster shell and gentle sweet oak. A classy wine with such potential to develop further.”
A diamond-esque brilliance lights up like sparks with glimmering gold highlights.
Captivating lemon, and white flowers, are some of the nuances that take shape.
Fresh and linear with minerals, crushed rocks, grapefruit, and a striking precision.
With attractive fatness adding body, and lovely depth but without excess weight.
Poached halibut with a beurre blanc sauce, over a saffron and sweet corn risotto.
What the Winery Says
- Ivo Jeramaz
- 100% Chardonnay
- Napa Valley
- 23.5 ̊ Brix (average)
- 10 months in 75% new French oak
- Harvest date
- August 31 - September 16, 2016
- Bottling date
- July 2017
- Release date
- July 2019