Grgich Hills Zinfandel Napa Valley 2008

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About This Wine: Grown at our estate vineyard in Calistoga, our Zinfandel grapes are certified organic and Biodynamic®. The vineyard’s gravelly loam provide excellent drainage and the cloudless days and cool nighttime temperatures are perfect for sun-loving Zinfandel. Pure flavors of strawberries, raspberries and a hint of dried sage make this wine the perfect match for grilled steak, smoked brisket, and pasta or pizza topped with tomato sauce.<br/><br/> <strong>The Vintage:</strong> From budbreak through harvest we didn’t see a drop of rain, making 2008 one of the driest years since we began in 1977. Frost threatened the new buds through April, and then we enjoyed a steady, relatively cool growing season until a heat spike at the end August jump-started harvest. Because we received less precipitation, the grapes were smaller, reducing yield but giving us concentrated favors.<br/><br/> <strong>The Vineyard:</strong> We grow our Zinfandel at our vineyard in Calistoga, which is certifed organic and Biodynamic®. Nestled in the northern tip of Napa Valley, the vineyard’s gravelly loam provides excellent drainage and the cloudless days and cool nighttime temperatures are perfect for sun-loving Zinfandel. The vines are head pruned to protect the grapes from sunburn. All of these features combine to produce concentrated, complex favors in the wine.<br/><br/> <strong>The Wine:</strong> We co-fermented the Zinfandel with a touch of Petite Sirah to add complexity and structure and then aged the wine in large oak casks so the favors are well integrated but not overwhelmed by oak. Pure Zinfandel favors of strawberries, raspberries and a hint of dried sage make this wine the perfect match for grilled steak, <br/>smoked brisket and pasta or pizza topped with tomato sauce.<br/><br/> About The Winery: 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.<br/><br/> The Paris Tasting served notice to the world that the California wine industry was on the move, and it laid the groundwork for the creation of Grgich Hills Cellar. After his victory in Paris, Mike sat down with Austin Hills and his sister, Mary Lee Strebl, from the Hills Bros. Coffee family, and on Independence Day 1977, they gave birth to Grgich Hills. It was an ideal partnership. Austin owned premium vineyards in Rutherford, in the heart of the Napa Valley, and with his extensive background in business, he put the winery on its financial feet. Mike, with his fierce commitment to making wines of the highest quality, began producing what immediately became our signature wine: the exquisite, richly complex Chardonnays that win awards and delight wine lovers across America and throughout the world.<br/><br/> Today, we remain committed to making distinctive wines with quality, consistency and longevity. We are proud that world leaders such as Presidents Reagan and Clinton, Queen Elizabeth II and French President François Mitterrand chose our wines to serve at state dinners, but we are just as proud that every single day discriminating wine drinkers count on Grgich Hills to turn their own dinners into special occasions.<br/><br/> As always, we treat each of our six different wines as a special child, carefully nurturing their development and character. Our main pride and joy is our Chardonnay, an elegant example of the varietal displaying rich flavors and exquisite balance. As a complement to the Chardonnay, we also produce a refreshingly crisp Fumé Blanc, a rich and spicy Zinfandel, a Cabernet Sauvignon with tremendous depth and complexity, a lush and richly fragrant Merlot, and a luscious dessert wine named “Violetta,” in honor of Mike's daughter, Violet.<br/><br/> Now 85 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 are 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.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.7% by volume<br/><br/> <strong>Fermentation:</strong> indigenous yeast; pressed off skins early to retain fruit character<br/><br/> <strong>Harvest date:</strong> October 8-10, 2008<br/><br/> <strong>Sugar:</strong> 25.3˚ Brix (average)<br/><br/> <strong>Bottling date:</strong> December 14-18, 2009<br/><br/> <strong>Release date:</strong> Summer 2011<br/><br/> <strong>Total acid:</strong> 5.7 g/L<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.68<br/><br/> <strong>Time in oak:</strong> 15 months<br/><br/> <strong>Type of oak:</strong> large French oak casks<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 7,621 cases (12/750 ml.); 200 cases (12/375 ml.); 15 cases (6/1.5 L)<br/><br/> <strong>Blend:</strong> 97% Zinfandel, 3% Petite Sirah<br/><br/>

About This Wine: Grown at our estate vineyard in Calistoga, our Zinfandel grapes are certified organic and Biodynamic®. The vineyard’s gravelly loam provide excellent drainage and the cloudless days and cool nighttime temperatures are perfect for sun-loving Zinfandel. Pure flavors of strawberries, raspberries and a hint of dried sage make this wine the perfect match for grilled steak, smoked brisket, and pasta or pizza topped with tomato sauce.<br/><br/> <strong>The Vintage:</strong> From budbreak through harvest we didn’t see a drop of rain, making 2008 one of the driest years since we began in 1977. Frost threatened the new buds through April, and then we enjoyed a steady, relatively cool growing season until a heat spike at the end August jump-started harvest. Because we received less precipitation, the grapes were smaller, reducing yield but giving us concentrated favors.<br/><br/> <strong>The Vineyard:</strong> We grow our Zinfandel at our vineyard in Calistoga, which is certifed organic and Biodynamic®. Nestled in the northern tip of Napa Valley, the vineyard’s gravelly loam provides excellent drainage and the cloudless days and cool nighttime temperatures are perfect for sun-loving Zinfandel. The vines are head pruned to protect the grapes from sunburn. All of these features combine to produce concentrated, complex favors in the wine.<br/><br/> <strong>The Wine:</strong> We co-fermented the Zinfandel with a touch of Petite Sirah to add complexity and structure and then aged the wine in large oak casks so the favors are well integrated but not overwhelmed by oak. Pure Zinfandel favors of strawberries, raspberries and a hint of dried sage make this wine the perfect match for grilled steak, <br/>smoked brisket and pasta or pizza topped with tomato sauce.<br/><br/> About The Winery: 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.<br/><br/> The Paris Tasting served notice to the world that the California wine industry was on the move, and it laid the groundwork for the creation of Grgich Hills Cellar. After his victory in Paris, Mike sat down with Austin Hills and his sister, Mary Lee Strebl, from the Hills Bros. Coffee family, and on Independence Day 1977, they gave birth to Grgich Hills. It was an ideal partnership. Austin owned premium vineyards in Rutherford, in the heart of the Napa Valley, and with his extensive background in business, he put the winery on its financial feet. Mike, with his fierce commitment to making wines of the highest quality, began producing what immediately became our signature wine: the exquisite, richly complex Chardonnays that win awards and delight wine lovers across America and throughout the world.<br/><br/> Today, we remain committed to making distinctive wines with quality, consistency and longevity. We are proud that world leaders such as Presidents Reagan and Clinton, Queen Elizabeth II and French President François Mitterrand chose our wines to serve at state dinners, but we are just as proud that every single day discriminating wine drinkers count on Grgich Hills to turn their own dinners into special occasions.<br/><br/> As always, we treat each of our six different wines as a special child, carefully nurturing their development and character. Our main pride and joy is our Chardonnay, an elegant example of the varietal displaying rich flavors and exquisite balance. As a complement to the Chardonnay, we also produce a refreshingly crisp Fumé Blanc, a rich and spicy Zinfandel, a Cabernet Sauvignon with tremendous depth and complexity, a lush and richly fragrant Merlot, and a luscious dessert wine named “Violetta,” in honor of Mike's daughter, Violet.<br/><br/> Now 85 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 are 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.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.7% by volume<br/><br/> <strong>Fermentation:</strong> indigenous yeast; pressed off skins early to retain fruit character<br/><br/> <strong>Harvest date:</strong> October 8-10, 2008<br/><br/> <strong>Sugar:</strong> 25.3˚ Brix (average)<br/><br/> <strong>Bottling date:</strong> December 14-18, 2009<br/><br/> <strong>Release date:</strong> Summer 2011<br/><br/> <strong>Total acid:</strong> 5.7 g/L<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.68<br/><br/> <strong>Time in oak:</strong> 15 months<br/><br/> <strong>Type of oak:</strong> large French oak casks<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 7,621 cases (12/750 ml.); 200 cases (12/375 ml.); 15 cases (6/1.5 L)<br/><br/> <strong>Blend:</strong> 97% Zinfandel, 3% Petite Sirah<br/><br/>

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