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.
“The 2018 Chardonnay bursts from the glass with intense scents of white peaches, lemon curd, fresh grapefruit and lime blossoms with hints of sea spray and toasted almonds. The medium-bodied palate is wonderfully crisp and intense, with bags of citrus fruit and a satiny texture to counter all that vivacity, finishing long and minerally.”
92 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Nov 2020
“Aromas of honeysuckle, nectarine, crushed stones and toasted hazelnut. Hint of white pepper. It’s full-bodied and creamy with crisp acidity. Dense and concentrated with a toasty, flinty finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.”
92 points, JamesSuckling.com, July 2021