2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast - June 2019
91 Points - JamesSuckling.com - December 21, 2017
91 Points- GOLD - EXCEPTIONAL - Cellar Selection
- 2018 World Wine Championships - Tastings.com
DOUBLE GOLD - 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
96 Points - 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards
This Napa Valley Cabernet entices the senses with layers of complex flavors that continue to evolve in the glass and on the palate. Aromas of black currants, violets, and plums dance in the glass, creating a new experience with every taste. The wine is artfully crafted, well-balanced and lingers on the palate with a silky mouthfeel leaving you craving for more. It pairs perfectly with barbecued ribs, a rack of lamb or ratatouille.
Vintage: The growing season started out with unseasonably 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 a smaller crop in 2015. The harvest was one of our earliest in memory with the berries smaller than usual but packed with flavor and color.
Vineyard: Their Yountville vineyard forms the heart of our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, with grapes from our Rutherford and Calistoga vineyards rounding out the blend. We farm all of our vineyards naturally, without artificial pesticides or herbicides, and they are certified organic. The result is a full-bodied, elegant Cabernet Sauvignon with pure flavors and a pronounced sense of place.
The Wine: Complex aromas of black fruits, rich leather and nuances of violets burst out of the glass. Its full-bodied, rich mouthfeel carries these flavors for a long, lingering finish that loves a good grilled steak, rack of lamb or roasted duck.
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Napa Valley Estate
Harvest date: Sept. 10 - Oct. 2, 2015
Sugar: 24.7 Brix (average)
Fermentation: indigenous yeast
Total acid: 5.4 g/L
Aging: 21 months
Type of oak: French oak barrels; 60% new
Bottling date: June 2017
Release date: Fall 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.
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