Grgich Hills Fumé Blanc, 2014

Grgich Hills Fumé Blanc, 2014

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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 Fume Blanc comes from two cool temperature vineyards in the southern tip of Napa. The nose opens with beautiful floral aromatics, due in part to the particular clone of Sauvignon Blanc chosen for the vineyards. 80% of the grapes are fermented in large French Oak foudres, giving the wine complexity, yet it still retains a beautifully simplistic array of flavors -- bright melon, peach, and orange blossoms, with a delightfully bright acidity. A happy medium between a stony Sancerre and a Citrus zest New Zealand Sauv Blanc.

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