Winery of the Month
September 2020 | Grgich Hills Estate
Miljenko Mike Grgich first gained international recognition at the celebrated ³Paris Tasting² of 1976. In this now-historic blind tasting, a panel of eminent French judges sampled an array of the fabled white
Burgundies of France and a small sampling of upstart Chardonnays from California. When their scores were tallied, the French judges were shocked – they had chosen the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, crafted by Mike Grgich, as the finest white wine in the world. C’est pas possible!
The results stunned the international wine establishment and solidified Mike’s reputation as one of the best winemakers in the world. Committed to natural winegrowing and sustainability, Grgich farms their five estate vineyards without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, relying on wild yeast fermentation to handcraft food-friendly, balanced and elegant wines. In keeping with their goal of sustainability, the winery switched to solar power in 2006. As Mike often says, From our vineyard to your glass, naturally!
Rose Napa Valley 2019
suggested retail $29.99 – WOTM Special $22.99
Similar to Provence, Napa has a Mediterranean climate. Grgich had southern
France’s chilled Rosés in mind when they crafted this refreshing wine, whereby they rely on the traditional saignée method, allowing free-run juice to drain out of the tank after one to five hours of skin contact.
The nose has aromas of cherry blossom, watermelon, and strawberry followed by an explosion on the palate of passion fruit and peach. With its round mouthfeel, this wine has perfectly balanced acidity and an addicting
finish. Serve slightly chilled, it’s perfect with anything spicy, like your favorite street tacos, Thai noodles or barbecued ribs.
Fume Blanc Napa Valley
suggested retail $29.99 – WOTM Special $24.99
Relying on naturally-occurring yeasts, 80% of the grapes are fermented in 900-gallon French oak casks (called foudres), with the remainder in previously-used small French oak barrels. They then age the wine six months on its lees (the spent yeast) in neutral barrels. The combination of the right clones and cool growing region produces crisp flavors of Meyer lemon, white peach, and dried apricot with mineral notes that are perfect with a wide range of food, including grilled fish, goat cheese salad, and spicy Mexican or Asian cuisine.
Chardonnay Napa Valley
suggested retail $39.99 – WOTM Special $34.99
From cool American Canyon and Carneros vineyards in the southern tip of Napa Valley, this classically styled wine doesn¹t undergo malolactic fermentation, thus preserving its natural acidity. Fermented and aged 10 months in French oak, the wine’s fresh citrus and juicy peach are roundedout with rich, warm vanilla flavors and a touch of minerality. The perfect partner with fresh seafood, roasted chicken, grilled pork, and creamy cheeses..
Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
suggested retail $69.99 WOTM Special $59.99
Grgich’s Yountville Vineyard forms the heart of their Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, with the Rutherford and Calistoga vineyards rounding out the blend. To boost complexity, they rely on a traditional Bordeaux blend of predominately Cabernet, with a dash of Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This Cab is rich with aromas of balsamic glazed figs, dried rose petals and a touch of green peppercorns. Smooth and rich on the palate with a persistent finish, this wine is the perfect partner with grilled steak, rack of lamb or roasted duck.
Zinfandel Napa Valley
suggested retail $34.99 WOTM Special $29.99
The 34-acre vineyard in Calistoga is the warmest of their five vineyards and the sole source for their Zinfandel. A touch of Petite Sirah is co-fermented to add complexity and structure, and then aged in large oak
casks so the flavors are well integrated but not overwhelmed by oak. This food-friendly Zinfandel¹s pure flavors of strawberries, raspberries, and a hint of white pepper make it the perfect match for grilled meats, lasagna,
pizza topped with tomato sauce and beef stews..