Grgich Hills Chardonnay 2008

Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California

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Item No. 107661
  • white wine
  • Green wine
  • CG91
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2003
  • WN93
  • WS91
  • 1995
  • WS92
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Winemaker's Notes

Following the classic style that Mike Grgich established when we began in 1977, we did not allow the Chardonnay to undergo malolactic fermentation and our Biodynamic farming created a wine that is alive with delicious acidity. This aromatic Chardonnay is rich with aromas of ripe peach, mango and tropical flowers, plus a note of minerality. Showcase this wine's elegance with fresh seafood, roasted chicken, grilled pork, or creamy cheeses.

Critical Acclaim

"Although a wine of mixed messages that range from candy to tropical fruit to toast, minerals and lees, this dense, firmly built effort presently wants for continuity and more precise focus. As is the norm with Grgich Hills' wines, it is fairly tight and quite firm in balance, but rather than being a liability, that tightness augers well for age. We would opt for a bit of patience here, and, given the winery's track record for long-aging wines, this one seems a safe bet for keeping."
91 Points

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Rating:
(7/25/2011)
Style: Light & Crisp
I bought this wine for two reasons; the fact that I had purchased and enjoyed several bottles in the early 2000's and the wine style listed on wine.com which was rich and creamy. This id a description of the Grgich Hills Chardonnay of years past. Unfortunately I read on the bottle label that this wine did not go undergo malolactic fermentation. It is a totally different wine that under close inspection on wine.com is described as alive with delicious acidity. I guess I should have overlooked the wine style description. If you like the smooth buttery chardonnay that was a hallmark of Girgich Hills, look closely at the bottle label of the year you are purchasing to make sure you get what you want.
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Mike Grgich first gained international recognition at the celebrated Paris Tasting of 1976 in which 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 the results where in, the French judges were shocked: they had chosen Mike"s 1973 Montelena...

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It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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