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Grgich Hills

Grgich Hills
2017 Estate Grown Fumé Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$31

Grgich Hills
2017 Estate Grown Fumé Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Light gold color. Aromas of preserved lemon, vanilla nougat, brie, baked peach, banana, and passion fruit-caramel with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length underripe apricot finish with light oak flavor. A concentrated and fruity Fume Blanc for lovers of the style; aerate.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Crisp & Lively & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: preserved lemon, vanilla nougat, brie, baked peach, banana, and passion fruit-caramel
Taste Flavor: underripe apricot
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A concentrated and fruity Fume Blanc for lovers of the style; aerate.

The Producer

Grgich Hills Estate

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

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.