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Grgich Hills

Grgich Hills
2013 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$43

Grgich Hills
2013 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
Bright light gold color. Bright, waxy, smoky spicy aromas and flavors of candle wax, grilled citrus, pickled fruits, and rice pudding with a soft, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length kiwi and lemon sorbet, spiced nuts, and honeyed herbs finish with fine, crunchy tannins and light oak. A toasty, vibrantly delicious chardonnay for all occasions.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity
Aroma Aroma: candle wax, grilled citrus, pickled fruits, and rice pudding
Taste Flavor: kiwi and lemon sorbet, spiced nuts, and honeyed herbs
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own
Recipes Pairing: Marinated Grilled Chicken, Grilled Fish With Mango Salsa, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A toasty, vibrantly delicious chardonnay for all occasions.

The Producer

Grgich Hills Estate

The Producer
P.O Box 450
Rutherford, CA 94573
USA
1 707-963-2784

Chardonnay

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

The most renowned examples of Chardonnay are from small villages and vineyards in Burgundy, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. These wines are very powerful with ample spicy notes and very good acidity; they age very well, sometimes as long as 20-25 years. Another part of Burgundy, Chablis, is home to more restrained style of Chardonnay. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.

Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. Thus there are now many producers that produce non-oak aged Chardonnays; this has been seen from many producers from Australia as well as a few in California as well.

Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings.