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Grgich Hills Chardonnay Napa Valley 2009
91 points Wine & Spirits: Grown under a biodynamic regimen in Grgich's American Canyon and Carneros vineyards, this ferments without added yeast in oak barrels (40 percent new); it does not go through malolactic fermentation. The style is substantial and distinctive, requiring air to settle into its flavors. At first, the oak battles with the acidity in the orange citrus flavors until they slowly combine into savory fruit richness. Hints of fennel add to the wine's complexity, bringing to mind accompaniments such as rabbit pâté or blanquette de veau. (Apr 2012)
Pretty white and yellow flowers on the nose. Crisp and fresh, no noticeable oak on the nose. On the palate, a great acid profile. Crisp, fresh and juicy with flavors of apple, pear apricot and only a kiss of oak. Really nice, but very "stainless" compared to other vintages of Grgich. 93 pts. France vs. US Blind Tasting 6/15/12
Great, luscious nose. Light toast. Peach, apricot and golden apple aromas. Nice creamy texture on the palate yet with crisp acidity. Flavors of apple, pear and mango with a nice minerality. 89 pts. 5/10/13 at winery
Although Grgich Hills produces a number of whites and reds, it is best known for Chardonnay—and remains one of the world’s best. They use oak barrels and skip the malolactic fermentation process completely, which differentiates them from most other wineries. Grgich’s 2009 vintage was awarded 91 points by Wine and Spirits and Connoisseur’s Guide gave it 90 points. It has some noticeable acidity and long finish that battles its citrus notes. The oak barreling adds an element of further complexity. While it is already an amazing white wine—that you can enjoy by itself or paired with shellfish and poultry—it will continue to grow over the next few years if you can keep your hands off it. But we bet you can’t! Winery: Winemaker Mike Grgich rose to fame when his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay outshined some of France’s best varietals at the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, a blind competition. This seminal moment in American winemaking proved that the terroir of California’s budding wine region was on par with or perhaps even surpassed old-world Europe. Of course, having your wine selected as the best white in the world obviously brought him immediate critical acclaim and attention. While Grgich founded his winery just one year later on July 4th, 1977, it took another fifteen years before he could satisfy customer demand and eliminate the 3-case-per-year limit; in fact, his popular winery remains a regular stop on Napa Valley tours. Grgich Hills Cellars renamed itself in 2006 when they shifted to grapes that were exclusively estate-grown, and their production process is certified organic and biodynamic as well as entirely solar-powered. They produce world-class wines that make you feel great, and that you feel great about drinking.
Aromas of orange blossom and honey with toasted almond. Hints of tropical fruit. Nice, smooth and rich. - Tasted at Grgich 2/27/10
Appearance Clarity - Clear Intensity - Medium Color - Lemon Nose Condition - Clean Intensity - Medium (-) Aroma - Oak (vanilla) Development - Fully developed Palate Sweetness - Dry Acidity - Medium (+) Alcohol - High (14.5%) Body - Medium Flavor Intensity - Medium (-) Flavor Characteristics - Peach, apple, vanilla, steel Other Observations - Well balanced despite high alcohol level, great acidity and less oak on palate than nose Finish - Medium (+) Quality - Very good Readiness for drinking - Drink now, potential for aging next few years (~2-3)
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Grgich Hills Chardonnay Napa Valley
Crafted from biodynamically grown grapes, Grgich Hill's 2009 Chardonnay has classic melon and apple fruit character, with a pleasant round mouth feel, butterscotch and toasty notes, and crisp acidity.
Elegant with offerings of citrus flower, honey, pineapple and a touch of hazelnut on the finish.
Straw-yellow. Musky peach, tropical fruits and a hint of soft citrus fruit, with complicating notes of flinty minerality and smoky, vanillin oak. Broad and rich on the palate, with chewy flavors of white peach, ripe lemon and stone. Finishes tactile and dry, with a light touch. From very cool vineyards in the extreme south of Napa Valley. Shows the herbal quality that often marks this winery's Napa Chardonnay, with a tobacco and sage edge to the citrus fruit and Asian pear flavors. The structure is balanced with brisk acidity and even some oaky wood tannins. - S.H. Shows an earthy edge, with touches of smoke and cedar, turning grassy and citrusy on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 25,853 cases made. -JL
Fresh and complex, with a crisp citrus edge to the ripe pear and fig notes, with subtle hints of hazelnut and nutmeg unfolding gracefully on the finish. Drink now through 2008. 21,770 cases made.
Bright pale yellow. Musky pineapple, apple and a hint of toasted bread on the nose. Densely packed, intense and light on its feet; suave and balanced from day one. Citrus and pineapple flavors are lifted by a note of crushed stone. The tactile fi... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2009 Grgich Hills Chardonnay 750ml
Bright pale yellow. Musky pineapple, apple and a hint of toasted bread on the nose. Densely packed, intense and light on its feet; suave and balanced from day one. Citrus and pineapple flavors are lifted by a note of crushed stone. The tactile finish features a firm citrus edge and subtle length. This did not go through malolactic fermentation. Offers a tangy, zesty, racy mix of citrus-laced pink grapefruit, green apple, honeydew melon and subtle spice shadings. Clean and focused, maintaining its fruity vibrancy on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 25,168 cases made. -JL The 2009 Chardonnay is a straightforward, attractive wine with good varietal character and a fresh, inviting finish. It should be enjoyed over the next year or two. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2013. Dry and somewhat herbaceous, this Chardonnay has some good pear, melon and orange fruit, but otherwise is missing out on opulence, especially at this price. New oak, to the t...
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