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Date Printed: 3/27/2017
Grgich Hills Zinfandel 2008
Grgich Hills Zinfandel 2008
(search item no. 111327)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 3/27/2017: $42.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

We grow our Zinfandel at our vineyardin Calistoga, which is certified organic andBiodynamic®. Nestled in the northern tip of NapaValley, the vineyard's gravelly loam providesexcellent drainage and the cloudless days and coolnighttime temperatures are perfect for sun-lovingZinfandel. The vines are head pruned to protectthe grapes from sunburn. All of these featurescombine to produce concentrated, complex flavorsin the wine.

We co-fermented the Zinfandel witha touch of Petite Sirah to add complexity andstructure and then aged the wine in large oakcasks so the flavors are well integrated but notoverwhelmed by oak. Pure Zinfandel flavors ofstrawberries, raspberries and a hint of dried sagemake this wine the perfect match for grilled steak,smoked brisket and pasta or pizza topped withtomato sauce.

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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.