Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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Grgich Hills, one of the leading wine estates in Napa Valley, is family owned and has recently attained Demeter certification for Biodynamic farming in their vineyards. Grgich Hills has been farming its vineyards organically since 2000, and all 366 acres are certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). In 2003 the winery began farming 20 acres biodynamically, gradually converting more acres each year. By 2006 the entire estate was completely biodynamic, making it the largest biodynamic grape grower in the United States. On September 14, 2006, Grgich Hills flipped the switch to solar power with 860 photovoltaic panels covering 13,000 square feet of the winery roof, meeting 100 percent of their electrical needs. In 2007, Grgich Hills achieved Demeter certification in their vineyards.Grgich Hills has found Biodynamic farming perfectly suited to growing top quality grapes. The results are in the taste and bouquet of the wine. A biodynamic wine is not necessarily better than a non-biodynamic wine, but it is always authentic and site specific. Through the techniques of biodynamic farming, grape-growing becomes an art. A biodynamic grape grower becomes attuned to Nature and develops a spiritual relationship with Mother Earth. What used to be just labor is now a labor of love!After just two vintages of Biodynamic farming, beautiful changes started taking place in the vineyards. The leaves took on an enhanced glow, their color a lovely pale green without any of the bluish-green tint that indicates the presence of synthetic fertilizers. Also, the shoots tend to be proud and upright and the leaves are turned directly toward the sun. The grapes showed greatly improved quality, as well. The Cabernet Sauvignon from Biodynamic blocks exhibited great delicacy despite being fully ripe and powerful. The wine made from those grapes showed exuberant fruit and a powerful structure along with both elegance and harmony.The 2004 Cabernet is elegant with enticing aromas of black fruits and licorice. A good balance of fruit, tannins and acidity make it an ideal partner to robust cooking.

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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 judge... Read more
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 Mike’s 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay 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. Now 87 years old, and still sporting his signature blue beret, Mike was inducted into the Vinter Hall of Fame in March 2008 in honor of his many contributions to the wine industry. While many other Napa wineries pursue strategies of expansion, Mike, along with his daughter, Violet, and his nephew, Ivo Jeramaz, prefer to stay small. Their aim, year after year, is to improve the quality of their vineyards and their wines, relying on Mike’s unique artistic and intuitive touch. This strategy continues to pay significant dividends. Many wineries buy their grapes from outside vineyards. Grgich Hills now owns all of its own vineyards, all of which are certified organic and Biodynamic. Beginning with the 2003 vintage, all Grgich Hills wines were labeled “Estate Grown.” This guarantees a consistently superior level of quality, and it guarantees that Grgich Hills will remain a shining symbol of prestige and good taste. In recognition of that important milestone, the winery changed its name in 2007 to Grgich Hills Estate. When Miljenko "Mike" Grgich joined forces with Austin Hills in 1977 to form Grgich Hills Cellar, the original label design proposed a rearing horse clenching a baton in its mouth, a colorful feature of the Hills' family crest. After some friendly debate over the label and how it should be redesigned to reflect the philosophy of the newly formed winery, the winning argument concluded with the point that "Horses do not make wine. Grapes make wine!" and thus, the current design was agreed upon. Read less
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Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
03/01/2013

Licorice sets the tone and makes for a dry entry, headed up by roasted coffee beans and a meaty intensity. A power-packed real estate mogul: Estate vineyards in Yountville, Rutherford and Calistoga deliver the goods in this full-bodied expression of Napa


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Source: NapaCabs.com
03/16/2013

Grgich Hills Cabernet is produced from certified organic wine grapes, not an easy certification to obtain we can assure you. The 2009 Cabernet stays true to varietal character and has a healthy dose of tannic structure.



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Grgich Hills, one of the leading wine estates in Napa Valley, is family owned and has recently attained Demeter certification for Biodynamic farming in their vineyards. Grgich Hills has been farming its vineyards organically since 2000, and all 366 acres are certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). In 2003 the winery began farming 20 acres biodynamically, gradually converting more acres each year. By 2006 the entire estate was completely biodynamic, making it the largest biodynamic grape grower in the United States. On September 14, 2006, Grgich Hills flipped the switch to solar power with 860 photovoltaic panels covering 13,000 square feet of the winery roof, meeting 100 percent of their electrical needs. In 2007, Grgich Hills achieved Demeter certification in their vineyards.Grgich Hills has found Biodynamic farming perfectly suited to growing top quality grapes. The results are in the taste and bouquet of the wine. A biodynamic wine is not necessarily better than a non-biodynamic wine, but it is always authentic and site specific. Through the techniques of biodynamic farming, grape-growing becomes an art. A biodynamic grape grower becomes attuned to Nature and develops a spiritual relationship with Mother Earth. What used to be just labor is now a labor of love!After just two vintages of Biodynamic farming, beautiful changes started taking place in the vineyards. The leaves took on an enhanced glow, their color a lovely pale green without any of the bluish-green tint that indicates the presence of synthetic fertilizers. Also, the shoots tend to be proud and upright and the leaves are turned directly toward the sun. The grapes showed greatly improved quality, as well. The Cabernet Sauvignon from Biodynamic blocks exhibited great delicacy despite being fully ripe and powerful. The wine made from those grapes showed exuberant fruit and a powerful structure along with both elegance and harmony.The 2004 Cabernet is elegant with enticing aromas of black fruits and licorice. A good balance of fruit, tannins and acidity make it an ideal partner to robust cooking.

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