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Professional Ratings: 91 Wine & Spirits, 90 Connoisseurs' Guide
Region: Napa Valley, California
Other Info: Green Wines
Style: Fruity & Smooth
Alcohol By Volume: 14.4%
Item no. 114993
The wine's crisp, yet rich, flavors of apple, honeydew melon and fig with a hint of baked brioche are perfect for fresh seafood, roasted chicken, grilled pork, or creamy cheeses.
Grown under a biodynamic regimen in Grgich's American Canyon and Carneros vineyards, this ferments without added yeast in oak barrels (40 percent new); it does not go through malolactic fermentation. The style is substantial and distinctive, requiring air to settle into its flavors. At first, the oak battles with the acidity in the orange citrus flavors until they slowly combine into savory fruit richness. Hints of fennel add to the wine's complexity, bringing to mind accompaniments such as rabbit pate or blanquette de veau.
Made in the now time-tested manner of Grgich Chardonnays, this new edition is tight and tempting but very far from its best in the moment. There is ample if somewhat reluctant appley fruit to be found at its heart, and the citrusy, lemon zest seasoning that accompanies it repeats in the mouth in a more forceful manner. Long but bracingly acidy in the finish, the wine will show more and more to like over the next three to five years, and while it is ready to mate with the tangiest shellfish dishes today, we would counsel that you wait a bit.