Miljenko “Mike” Grgich has been called “The King of Chardonnay”. You can certainly understand 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.
“One reason this wine is one of California’s most highly regarded Chardonnays is its duality. The wine is certainly assertive, with flavors that are laser focused as well as richly layered. Beautiful citrus, apple and pear fruitiness is balanced by vibrant acidity and a measure of minerality. This is a Chardonnay that is remarkably elegant as well as imminently accessible. While it lies against the palate lush and full, it is at the same time light and subtle. Although it is deliciously drinkable right now it promises to evolve into a rich and rewarding old age.”
94 points, Marguerite Thomas, Nov 2018
“With a slight nose of noble reduction, this seductive wine offers a wealth of balanced flavour 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