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Date Printed: 9/2/2014
Grgich Hills Fume Blanc 2008
Grgich Hills Fume Blanc 2008
(search item no. 103140)
green wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $19.99

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
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 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:

We fermented 80% of the grapes in previously used small French oak barrels with the rest in 900-gallon French oak casks, called foudres, using only naturally-occurring yeasts. We then aged the wine six months on its lees (the spent yeast) in neutral barrels. These techniques add body while showcasing the wonderful fruit, not masking it behind new oak. The wine's mouth-watering acidity and elegant flavors of tropical fruit, lemon grass and a touch of mineral at the end of the long finish are perfect with grilled seafood and chicken, creamy pasta dishes or summer salads.
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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.