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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
(search item no. 94007)
green wine

The Wine News rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Yountville vineyard, which we began farming biodynamically in 2003, supplies the main body of our Napa Valley blend. Nicely balanced between fruit and tannin, this elegant wine is rich with aromas of black cherry, crushed rose petals and cocoa powder. This full bodied wine goes well with roasted meats, grilled Portobello mushrooms or a firm cow's milk cheese such as Edam or Gouda.

An early spring and a warm summer created perfect growing conditions for one of the earliest harvests we've had in 10 years. This produced a small crop of fully-ripe grapes with wonderful concentration and deep flavors.

The Cabernet from our Yountville vineyard is the Inglenook clone on St. George rootstock. These dry farmed vines have pushed their roots deep into the rocky soil, which creates intensely flavored grapes. Our organically grown Rutherford and Calistoga vineyards also contribute to the blend to create a true Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

"Garnet hue with a feathered rim. Rich aromas of German chocolate cake, blueberry and oak. Layers of flavors emitting dark chocolate, black cherry, allspice and licorice. Youthful finish with hints of peppery new oak and clove." 94 Points
Wine News
August/September 2008

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About Grgich Hills Cellar:

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 Chardonnay as the finest white wine in the world. Mon Dieu! The results stunned the international wine establishment and immediately earned Mike Grgich a reputation as one of the greatest winemakers in the world.

Today, in Grgich Hills' 30th year, they remain committed to creating richly flavored, distinctive wines from certified organic Napa Valley vineyards that are farmed biodynamically. By all accounts they have succeeded. The new release of Cabernet Sauvignon just received a whopping 94 rating from Wine & Spirits and the Wine News awarded "Chardonnay of the Year" honors to their 2004 vintage. These world renowned Estate grown wines from prime Napa Valley vineyards are unique, delicious, and allocated.