2013 Grgich Hills Chardonnay Estate Grown

Year: 2013
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Connoisseurs' Guide: 91
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
Price :
$33.95

FIRST TIME IN YEARS IN OUR STORE, WE WERE REALLY SURPRISED HOW MUCH FRUIT AND FLAVOR IN THIS EFFORT AND OF COURSE OUR PRICE IS JUST THE ICING ON THE CAKE!!

"Right from the first, this wonderfully vital youngster impresses with its sense of fruity precision, and, while it hits every one of the right varietal marks, it does so in an especially composed and well-crafted way. It is a wine of great fit and finish, and its lovely, lightly creamy oak is always in service to its juicy and very generous, fresh-apple fruit. It manages to be rich and yet light on its feet, and, if its impeccable balance guarantees a very long life, it is an expressive and beautifully polished Chardonnay that is hard to resist now. Reviewed: May 2016" (CG)

Winery Notes:
Vintage:
The 2013 vintage was nearly perfect, with consistent sunshine and moderate temperatures. After a wet start to winter in 2012, spring was warmer than usual, triggering an early bud break and lowering and fruit set under sunny skies. With only one heat spike in late June/early July, Napa’s typical warm days and cool nights created wonderfully lavorful grapes. We started harvesting about two weeks earlier than usual and never seemed to stop with grapes coming in at a steady pace.

Vineyard:
Our Chardonnay thrives in our 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 lavors while maintaining a pleasing natural acidity that is impossible to achieve in warmer areas. We farm all of our vineyards naturally, without artiicial pesticides or herbicides, and they are certified organic.

The Wine:
Miljenko “Mike” Grgich has been called “The King of Chardonnay” since the winery began in 1977, and you can taste why in this classically-styled wine. We did not allow the Chardonnay to undergo malolactic fermentation, preserving its natural acidity. The wine displays ripe peach, mango and tropical lavors, with a note of minerality. Enjoy with fresh seafood, roasted chicken, grilled pork, and creamy cheeses.