Miljenko “Mike” Grgich has been called “The King of Chardonnay”, and you can taste why in this classically-styled wine.
Chardonnay thrives in Grgich’s 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 and develop complex flavours while maintaining a pleasing natural acidity that is impossible to achieve in warmer areas. All vineyards are Certified Organic. They are farmed without artificial pesticides or herbicides.
This Chardonnay, fermented with indigenous yeast and aged 10 months in French oak, did not go through malolactic fermentation, preserving its brightness and natural acidity in lieu of smooth, creamy layers. The wine displays ripe peach, mango and tropical fruit flavours, with a base note of minerality. Enjoy with fresh seafood, roasted chicken, grilled pork and creamy cheeses.
“With a slight nose of noble reduction, this seductive wine offers a wealth of balanced flavor and body, shining in tones of nuts, fennel, vanilla and mango. The oak is measured and supportive, never getting in the way, allowing the acidity to pierce through the fruit.”
93 points, Wine Enthusiast, April 2018
“The 2014 Estate Chardonnay from Grgich Hills is a wonderful showing in this vintage. It bursts open with exotic aromas of Asian pear, white peach, lemon oil, tangerine blossom, flint and wet stones. Classically styled, this gorgeous Chardonnay is well-balanced, with a lovely combination of ripe fruit and racy acidity through the crisp, vivid finish. Overall, this is a fantastic wine, which is extreamly appealing and drinking excellent now. (Best 2017-2023).”
92 points, International Wine Report, September 2017