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Grgich Hills

Grgich Hills
2013 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
Organically Grown Grapes
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$43.00

Grgich Hills
2013 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
Pale light gold color. Roasted aromas and flavors of spice cake, vanilla almond, lemon pie crust, and wet pencil with a lightly tannic, crisp, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a complex, long baking apples, mango salsa, nutmeg, and burnt sugar finish with moderate oak. A nice crunchy, snappy Chardonnay that will be versatile.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: spice cake, vanilla almond, lemon pie crust, and wet pencil
Taste Flavor: baking apples, mango salsa, nutmeg, and burnt sugar
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey Meatballs, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice crunchy, snappy Chardonnay that will be versatile.
The Producer

Grgich Hills Estate

The Producer
1829 St. Helena Hwy
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.
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