Monday, September 04, 2006

Grgich Hills

Grgich Hills

Miljenko “Mike” Grgich burst onto the international winemaking radar in 1976 at the now infamous Paris Tasting. Mikes 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay was proclaimed the finest white wine in the world. This stunned the international wine community and quickly earned Mike a reputation as one of the best winemakers in the world. With his success Mike Grgich had announced to the world that California wine making was on the rise. After the tasting Mike began talks with Austin Hills from the Hills Bros coffee family and his sister Mary Lee Strebl. Austin owned vineyards in the Napa valley and Mike was a master winemaker dedicated to the production of world-class wines. Grgich Hills Cellars was established in 1977 and to this day remains committed to the production of distinctive California wines.

Grgich Hills Chardonnay 2003

This beautifully crafted bottle begins with a sensual bouquet of jasmine and waves of juicy pineapple. On the palate sweet white peach is complemented with hints of mineral and nuts. This is an elegant wine that coats the mouth generously with freshness and concentrated fruit flavors.

Grgich Hills Chardonnay 2002

This Grgich Hills bottle opens up with a fresh nose of acacia blossoms, mineral layers and a crisp green apple note. The wine slides onto the palate with a big fruit hit of flavor. Apples and pears dominate the mouth with sweet undertones of honey, lemon drops and juicy melon. A fine well balanced vintage with a full body and long lingering finish. A slight hint of nuts completes the bottle.

Grgich Hills Chardonnay 2001

This wine pours elegantly into the glass with rising aromas of apple and honey gracefully melded with citrus, mineral and vanilla oak. The flavors are rich and fresh with enticing hits of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon and pear complemented with a nutty essence. This wine is seamless and velvety with a long full finish.

Grgich Hills Chardonnay 2000

This wine expresses a sweet melding of fresh golden fruits and classic oak. On the nose a fresh hit of pineapple and mango is complemented with layers of lemon. The aromas slide delicately onto the palate coating the mouth in dominant fruit flavors. This wine has a delightful tropical feel and a creamy elegant finish.

Grgich Hills Chardonnay 1999

This bottle begins with a light golden straw hue and a powerful forward smoky nose. Green apples, toast and ripe pear fill the bouquet and flow onto the mouth expressing impressive depth and body. The flavors coat the mouth with citrus and lemon with layers of green apple lingering on the palate. This is a well-balanced sweet fruit wine with a fresh lemon finish.

Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

This wine pours a deep plum into the glass with a rising nose of rich blackberries, cassis and notes of earth, truffle and cedar. The wine pours seductively onto the palate with sensual hits of fruit, a hint of pepper and a smooth tannins. This is a complex age worthy bottle that leaves a lasting impression.

Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

The 2001 Grgich Cabernet possesses an intense depth and powerful complex bouquet. The wine begins with a rising nose of cassis and cedar with complements of rose, licorice and dried cherry. The wine flows lavishly onto the palate with the rich dark fruit flavors of plum and cherries layered upon notes of anise, cigar box and spicy oak. This is a full flowing wine with a velvet feel and a rich flavor full finish of caramel, cassis, cherries, mocha and vanilla.

Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

This is a classic Grgich Cabernet with a bursting nose of ripe black fruits, a rising bouquet of cassis and cedar and a playful exuberance. The wine gushes onto the palate revealing an enticing depth and silky texture. Flavors of dark fruits and smooth tannins pour over the mouth delighting with balance, power and a long lingering finish.

Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

This wine begins with a tempting deep red glow and a classic Cabernet bouquet of dark fruits and cassis. On the mouth the wine is elegant and expressive coating the palate with sensual lingering flavors. Blackberry and spice are complemented with a milky chocolate that lingers on the finish. This wine will age delightfully.

Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

This is a refined sweet red wine with an inviting and sensual nose that simply explodes from the glass. Rising notes of blackberries, cherry and cassis fill the bouquet and slide like silk onto the palate. The flavors flow with rich red currant, cherry and a touch of herb. This wine possesses a powerful mouth coating tannins that leaves a lingering impression.