2015 Chardonnay, Napa Valley
95 points - Editor’s Choice - Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide - May 2019
93 points - EXCEPTIONAL - World Wine Championships - Oct. 10, 2018
92 points - Wine Review Online (Michael Apstein) - August 28, 2018
DOUBLE GOLD - 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Vintage: The growing season started out with warm temperatures in the late winter and early spring, triggering early bud break. Colder temperatures in May slowed grape development, which coupled with the fourth year of drought, resulted in fewer grapes in 2015. The harvest was one of our earliest in memory with berries smaller than usual but packed with flavor and color.
Vineyard: This Chardonnay thrives American Canyon and Carneros vineyards in the southern tip of Napa Valley, near San Pablo Bay, which spills into the San Francisco Bay. The cool maritime breezes and morning fog allow the grapes to slowly ripen to develop complex flavors while maintaining a pleasing natural acidity that is impossible to achieve in warmer areas. Farmed all naturally, without artificial pesticides or herbicides, and they are certified organic.
The Wine: This estate Napa Valley Chardonnay is the quintessential representation of Miljenko "Mike" Grgich in a glass. Exudes a lively bouquet of freshly squeezed citrus and delicate floral notes. The palate reveals rich flavors of Fuji apples, a hint of ripe pear and stone fruit, progressing seamlessly to a long, elegant finish. The Chardonnay's beautifully balanced acidity makes this a perfect wine for aging in your cellar or is delicious now for your next dinner party. Enjoy with herb-crusted pork ribs, grilled chicken Caesar salad or poached salmon.
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Napa Valley Estate
Harvest date: Aug. 25 - Sept. 12, 2015
Sugar: 22.5 Brix (average)
Fermentation: indigenous yeast
Total acid: 6.5 g/L
Aging: Fermented and aged 10 months
Type of oak: French oak; 75% neutral, 25% new
Bottling date: August 2016
Release date: July 2018
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About Grgich Hills
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 the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, crafted by Mike Grgich, 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.
Learn more at www.grgich.com.
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