Full Review

Grgich Hills

Grgich Hills
2016 Estate Grown Fumé Blanc, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Organically Grown Grapes
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$31

Grgich Hills
2016 Estate Grown Fumé Blanc, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Clear yellow straw color. Grassy, green, herbal, funky aromas of harissa, green apple, papaya, and ripe pineapple with a fat body and a very long bell pepper , flint, lemon wedge, snipped chive, and apricot jam finish. A savory, flamboyant Sauvignon Blanc with killer minerality and style for days.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: harissa, green apple, papaya, and ripe pineapple
Taste Flavor: bell pepper , flint, lemon wedge, snipped chive, and apricot jam
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Seared Scallops, Grilled Tuna Sandwich, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A savory, flamboyant Sauvignon Blanc with killer minerality and style for days.

The Producer

Grgich Hills Estate

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

Their Portfolio

88 Grgich Hills 2013 Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.6% (USA) $69.00.
93 Grgich Hills 2013 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $43.00.
84 Grgich Hills 2014 Fume Blanc Estate Grown, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $31.00.
88 Grgich Hills 2017 Estate Rosé, Napa Valley 13.2% (USA) $25.00.
89 Grgich Hills 2013 Estate, Zinfandel, Napa Valley 15% (USA) $36.00.
94 Grgich Hills 2014 Violetta Late Harvest Dessert Wine, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $85.00.
91 Grgich Hills 2015 Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.6% (USA) $72.00.
86 Grgich Hills 2014 Estate Grown, Merlot, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $43.00.
93 Grgich Hills 2015 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $43.00.
93 Grgich Hills 2015 Estate Grown, Fumé Blanc, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $31.00.
95 Grgich Hills 2016 Estate Grown Fumé Blanc, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $31.00.
81 Grgich Hills 2018 Estate Grown Rosé, Napa Valley 13.1% (USA) $25.00.
87 Grgich Hills 2018 Rosé, Napa Valley 13.1% (USA) $25.00.
89 Grgich Hills 2014 Estate Grown, Zinfandel, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $36.00.
93 Grgich Hills 2016 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $43.00.
95 Grgich Hills 2016 Late Harvest Dessert Wine, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $85.00.
89 Grgich Hills 2016 Estate Grown, Merlot, Napa Valley 14.6% (USA) $43.00.
85 Grgich Hills 2016 Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $72.00.
90 Grgich Hills 2017 Estate Grown Fumé Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $31.00.

Sauvignon Blanc

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Sauvignon Blanc is a bit of a chameleon of a variety, as it changes its character depending on where it is grown. Most famously in France’s Loire Valley, (especially in Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre), it is a rich dry white with distinct herbal notes in the nose and on the palate. In New Zealand, the flavors range from gooseberry to tropical; both styles have very good natural acidity. Certain areas in Chile also produce very tropical-driven examples with a touch of herbal character, while the typical California style is clean with melon and spearmint fruit with only traces of herbal notes.

Many styles of Sauvignon Blanc – especially those from New Zealand – are aged in steel tanks to preserve the aromatic qualities, while some producers in Sancerre or even in California age in wooden barrels; this for added texture and spice. Medium-full in body, Sauvignon Blanc is especially excellent paired with shellfish or seafood or lighter poultry with herbs.