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Grgich Hills Estate

Grgich Hills 'Estate' Chardonnay Napa Valley, California

Grgich Hills 'Estate' Chardonnay Napa Valley, California

"Regal Refreshment: The 2019 Grgich Hills Estate Grown Chardonnay"

A Legacy of Excellence

The Grgich Hills Estate, nestled in the heart of Napa Valley, is a testament to the enduring legacy of Miljenko "Mike" Grgich, the acclaimed winemaker who catapulted to fame with his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay. Since its inception in 1977, Grgich Hills has championed the art of winemaking, emphasizing organic farming and meticulous craftsmanship. This commitment shines brightly in their 2019 Estate Grown Chardonnay, a wine that encapsulates the vineyard's rich history and innovative spirit.

Crafted with Precision

The 2019 Chardonnay reflects a year of climatic generosity and challenge, with an early abundance of rain fostering a delayed but vibrant grape maturation. Harvested from the serene locales of American Canyon and Carneros, the wine benefits from the calm maritime influence of San Pablo Bay, ensuring a slow ripening process that imbues the grapes with nuanced flavors and a lively acidity. Avoiding malolactic fermentation preserves the Chardonnay's intrinsic zest, creating a fresher, more dynamic profile.

Product Details

  • Region: Napa Valley, California
  • Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
  • Color: Luminous straw
  • ABV: 14.1%
  • Harvest Date: August 30 - October 3, 2019
  • Bottling Date: June 2020/January 2021
  • Release Date: October 2021
  • Acidity: 6.8 g/L
  • pH: 3.39
  • Aging: 10 months in 80% barrels, 20% foudres, with 40% new French oak
  • Production: 25,654 cases

Sensory Journey

The 2019 Grgich Hills Chardonnay is a symphony of aromas and flavors. From the first inhale, you're greeted with a bouquet of fresh peach, Asian pear, and citrus, interwoven with subtle notes of honeycomb and vanilla. Each sip reveals a complex palette of lemon, green apple, and wildflower honey, underscored by a dash of red pepper and a whisper of lavender. The wine's rich texture and minerality are perfectly balanced by its bright acidity, culminating in a long and utterly satisfying finish.

Pairings and Celebrations

This versatile Chardonnay pairs wonderfully with various foods, from the nutty richness of Manchego and Parmesan to lighter fare like grilled seafood or a crisp summer salad. Whether commemorating a special occasion or enjoying an evening with loved ones, the 2019 Grgich Hills Chardonnay promises to elevate the moment with its elegance and complexity.

Awards and Accolades

The excellence of Grgich Hills' Chardonnay has been consistently recognized, with the 2016 vintage earning Gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the 2015 vintage securing Double Gold. The 2019 vintage has been awarded Silver at the 2022 International Wine & Spirit Competition, a testament to the winery's unwavering dedication to quality and innovation.

Experience the legacy of Napa Valley with the 2019 Grgich Hills Estate Grown Chardonnay—a wine that reflects the rich terroir of its origins and the passion and expertise of its makers.

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