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Date Printed: 9/17/2014
Grgich Hills Fume Blanc 2005
Grgich Hills Fume Blanc 2005
(search item no. 91109)
green wine

Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Grgich Hills Fumé Blanc is estate grown, meaning they control everything from the ground to the bottle. They feel this is essential to achieve the kind of quality, balance and consistency that is Grgich Hills' hallmark. The 2005 Fumé Blanc displays classic varietal flavors of grapefruit, lemongrass and a touch of minerality, a full mouth feel and long finish. This versatile, flavorful white wine is a great companion to a wide variety of food flavors and textures.

"Here is a big, potent Fume that is rife with both very deep fruit and loads of varietal herbs, and its generous mix of melons and grass is framed with very evident oak. Full and close to oily in feel, it has the weight and richness of Chardonnay but is solidly and unmistakably Sauvignon Blanc from beginning to end. There will no doubt be those who think it too much of a good thing, but it will never be accused of timidity, and it will stand up to appropriately full-flavored foods. And, for those with a yearning for older Sauvignon Blancs, the Grgich bottlings have frequently exhibited incredible staying power."
-Connoisseurs' Guide

All of Grgich Hills' vineyards are biodynamically farmed, an agricultural philosophy that incorporates all of the elements of organic farming, using no artificial pesticides, fertilizers, or fungicides. Additionally, it treats the Earth as a living organism and utilizes nature's basic life forces to bring about balance between the grapevines and the Earth.

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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.