Grgich Hills Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California

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Item No. 114993
  • W&S91
  • CG90
Style: Fruity & Smooth

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: 14.4%

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

The wine's crisp, yet rich, flavors of apple, honeydew melon and fig with a hint of baked brioche are perfect for fresh seafood, roasted chicken, grilled pork, or creamy cheeses.

Critical Acclaim

"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 pate or blanquette de veau."
91 Points

"Made in the now time-tested manner of Grgich Chardonnays, this new edition is tight and tempting but very far from its best in the moment. There is ample if somewhat reluctant appley fruit to be found at its heart, and the citrusy, lemon zest seasoning that accompanies it repeats in the mouth in a more forceful manner. Long but bracingly acidy in the finish, the wine will show more and more to like over the next three to five years, and while it is ready to mate with the tangiest shellfish dishes today, we would counsel that you wait a bit."
90 Points

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JCZ - Winter Park, FL (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(10/14/2012)
Without a doubt as good Chardonnay as you can have, lots of fruit, perfect with light snacks in warm Florida
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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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Learn About Napa Valley

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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Learn About Chardonnay

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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