Grgich Hills Chardonnay, 2013

Grgich Hills Chardonnay, 2013

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The foundations of Grgich Hills truly began in April of 1923, with the birth of Miljenko Grgic in a small Croatian village called Desne. He grew up, the eleventh of eleven children on a small farm in a community where everyone made the wine their family drank. Dreams and hard work took Miljenko to America, where he changed his name to Mike Grgich and eventually founded Grgich Wine Estates in Napa Valley with a few key partners in 1977. His fame as a celebrated winemaker comes in part from the so-called Judgment of Paris tasting in 1976, where a panel of judges blind-tasted fabled white Burgundies against a few Napa Valley wines from relatively upstart wineries in a relatively upstart wine culture. To the shock of all, etc. etc, the wine which drew the most points was the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, crafted by none other than that eleventh son, Miljenko “Mike” Grgic. The estate still takes great pride in the wines which they craft. This Chardonnay is both fermented and ages 10 months in French oak, but it does not undergo malolactic fermentation. The result is a Chardonnay that has both natural acidity and an array of baking spice favors - vanilla, clove, and nutmeg. A long finish leaves hints of ripe papaya, mango, and Anjou pear on the palate.

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