Miljenko “Mike” Grgich has been called “The King of Chardonnay” since the winery began in 1977, and you can taste why in this classically-styled wine. We did not allow the Chardonnay to undergo malolactic fermentation, preserving its natural acidity.
The wine displays crisp Fuji apple, honeydew melon and a hint of cashew nut aromas and flavors. Impressing immediately as a Chardonnay of emphatic richness with full-scaled, fairly mouth filling flavors that fully echo the fruity volume and sweet oak themes of its ample aromas, this wine plays less to finesse than it does to ongoing affluence, yet, its ripeness, fruity sumptuousness and size notwithstanding, it is not overdone and surprises by taking a turn to firming acidity at the end.
Food Pairing – Enjoy with fresh seafood, roasted chicken, grilled pork, and creamy cheeses.
Robert Parker 93 Points
About Grgich Hills Estate
Miljenko “Mike” Grgich first gained international recognition at the celebrated “Paris Tasting” of 1976. Then, in a now-historic blind tasting, 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 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. Mon Dieu! The results stunned the international wine establishment and immediately earned Mike a reputation as one of the greatest winemakers in the world.