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We are committed to producing the world’s finest estate-grown wines, known for their quality, consistency and longevity. We are also stewards of the land; our vineyards are certified organic and Biodynamic® and we have converted to solar power at the winery. In harmony with nature, our wines are truly expressive of their terroir. We own five vineyards in the Napa Valley region, which spread over 366 acres: Calistoga: 34 acres of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petite Syrah;...
Elegant and full bodied, the wine’s complex aromas of black berries, black licorice and a hint of cocoa powder are the perfect partner with grilled steak, roasted rack of lamb or venison stew.
From budbreak through harvest we didn’t see a drop of rain, making 2008 one of the driest years since we began in 1977. Frost threatened the new buds through April, but then we enjoyed a steady, relatively cool growing season until a heat spike at the end August jump-started harvest. The lack of rain reduced the yield but created concentrated flavors.
We fermented the grapes using only yeasts that naturally occur on the grapes and allowed the wine to gain flavors and color from extended skin contact. Each lot is aged separately for several months, and then blended to create a wine that is more complex than its individual parts. After blending, the wine spent another year and half in barrel to completely harmonize before bottling.
- 96 Points -
...this is one of Napa's most spectacular cabernets. It's complex, balanced, full-bodied with dark fruit and smoke interplays. A finish that goes on forever.See detailed press review
- 94 Points -
This is classic Napa Valley Cabernet, but “classic” in a traditional rather than modern mode, meaning a wine more in the style of the late 1980s than the present—back when complexity and class were valued more highly than ripeness and sheer power. Very expressive in aroma and flavor but not obvious or overbearing in any respect, the wine shows intriguing accents of graphite, toast, woodsmoke and spices that contribute to a complexity more closely associated with the Old World than Napa Valley. Extremely impressive. Michael FranzSee detailed press review
- 93 Points -
A strong and structured red with lots of dark fruits and chocolate. Full and silky with a solid core of fruit and dense tannins. Yet, it is not at all overdone. Energetic wine. Made from Biodynamic grapes. Best after 2014.See detailed press review
- 90 Points -
...Briary, woodsy and dusty spice overlays add extra interest to the medium-depth black cherry and cola notes that lie at the heart of this attractive young Cabernet. It is fairly full in body and is made bouyant by the balancing acidity that is so much a part of the winery’s style, and there is no surprise in the tightened backend to the wine’s personality. As with so many offerings from Grgich Hills, this one seems a sure bet to improve, and we would counsel a minimum of four to seven years of bottle age.See detailed press review
- Platinum -
Platinum awards will be reserved for wines nominated for Best of Show.See detailed press review