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Grgich Hills Estate

Grgich Hills Estate 'Fume Blanc' Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, California

Grgich Hills Estate 'Fume Blanc' Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, California

"A Testament to Resilience: The 2020 Grgich Hills Fumé Blanc"

From Trials to Triumph

The journey of the 2020 Grgich Hills Fumé Blanc is a narrative of overcoming adversity and emerging from one of Napa Valley's most challenging vintages. With record-breaking heat waves and significantly below-average rainfall, the conditions tested the vines' resilience. Yet, through strategic adaptation and the estate's commitment to organic and regenerative farming, the vintage yielded exceptional quality Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The result is a wine that celebrates the triumph over climatic trials and embodies the rich tapestry of flavors unique to Grgich Hills Estate.

Viticultural Artistry

Grgich Hills cultivates its Sauvignon Blanc in the fertile clay soils of American Canyon and Carneros, areas known for their cooling influence from the nearby San Francisco Bay. This microclimate, combined with the vineyard's dry farming techniques, allows for developing grapes with vibrant acidity and lively flavors. A significant portion of the vineyard is dedicated to the Musqué clone, which is renowned for its elegant floral notes and contributes to the wine's aromatic complexity.

Product Details

  • Region: Napa Valley, California
  • Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Alcohol: 13.5% by volume
  • Fermentation: Indigenous yeast
  • Harvest Date: August 29 - September 9, 2020
  • Sugar: 22.1 ̊ Brix (average)
  • Bottling Date: March 3-17, 2021
  • Release Date: September 2022
  • Acidity: 6.8 g/L
  • pH: 3.17
  • Aging: 6 months on lees in neutral barrels and 900-gallon French oak casks (foudres)
  • Production: 9,389 cases

Aromatic Elegance and Palate Precision

The 2020 Fumé Blanc is a vibrant testament to Miljenko "Mike" Grgich's winemaking philosophy, echoing his historic contributions to the style. It greets the senses with an aromatic bouquet of fresh lime, lemon verbena, and gooseberry, leading to a palate where lime zest, star fruit, and a subtle green mango dance together. The finish is a slate minerality and refreshing citrus, a signature of Grgich Hills' mastery in crafting wines of enduring elegance and complexity.

Legacy and Innovation Interwoven

Crafted in homage to the origins of Fumé Blanc, this Sauvignon Blanc pays tribute to the legacy of Miljenko "Mike" Grgich and Robert Mondavi. It stands as a beacon of innovation, reflecting the spirit of Napa Valley winemaking while embracing the future with its commitment to organic practices and land stewardship.

A Celebratory Sip

With a score of 91 points from James Suckling, the 2020 Grgich Hills Fumé Blanc is a distinguished addition to any table. Its versatility allows it to pair beautifully with various dishes, from fresh seafood to goat cheese salads, making it a perfect choice for celebrations, casual gatherings, or a quiet evening of reflection on the resilience and beauty inherent in every bottle.


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