Friday, October 21, 2016

Grgich Hills Estate Napa Valley 2013 Chardonnay

For me,
Autumn cuisine calls for Chardonnay.

Grgich Hills Estate Napa Valley 2013 Chardonnay, $39.94-$49.99, 93 points, repeated its 2012 burnished gold color.
More pome fruit on the nose than tropical, but together with a whiff of honeysuckle the aromas were excellent.
Medium body with good acidity managed enticing and supple flavors of watermelon rind, a tasteful appropriation of vanilla, and a whisper of hops along with typical Chardonnay neutral grape flavor, all of which were also excellent and well-balanced.
Finished exceptionally long on ginger and tangerine notes with a spot-on 14.1% alcohol.
Grgich Hills Estate Napa Valley 2013 Chardonnay is unmistakably Cali, but is blessed with complexity and a delicious restraint making this a superior Chardonnay.
Paired perfectly with my baked turkey vegetable pie.


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  1. That's quite a high score for a Chardonnay. Haven't tried the Grgich in years, but I think 2013 was, generally, a fab vintage for Chardonnay (from my own, meager sampling).

    1. VG: I doubt you've sampled a meager number of 2013 Chardonnays.
      As for Grgich Chardonnay, I'm a fan, and you know I'm not a big Cali Chard fan, but this was my 3rd vintage in a row, all of which I loved.

  2. Dear Dennis,

    Thanks for your kind words for our 2013 Chardonnay. I've shared your column with folks at the winery and on our Facebook page.


    1. Thx for those making such a fine wine!