The wines of Grgich Hills are obviously from
yet they maintain an interesting, somewhat ‘old world’ style. Limited use of oak, elegant fruit profiles,
and consistent acidity and structure all add to the quality, and the expression
of the terroir or sense of
place. I tasted the Fume Blanc, two
vintages of Chardonnay, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and their Yountville
Selection Cabernet Sauvignon. My
impressions are as follows. California
Fume Blanc 2010: delicate youthful aromas of lemongrass, hints of under-ripe melon, slight citrus and green apple notes. The palate is dry, with very crisp acidity and light bodied white citrus, spicy minerality, and grassy notes with a juicy finish. A great wine for light seafood, shellfish or anything with lots of chevre on it.
Chardonnay 2009: mild, youthful bouquet of vanilla, floral, leesy spice notes, with subtle hints of toast, ripe citrus and orchard fruits. The palate is dry, with juicy acidity, medium weight with a slight rich feel. Flavours of citrus, green apple, lees notes, light oak, and a lemony finish make it a match for Brie cheese, pasta in cream sauce, or crab legs and garlic butter.
Yountville Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2007: produced in very small quantities, this offers a full nose of youthful sweet hay, toast, prune plum, cassis, savoury sweet pepper, tobacco and delicate woodspice. Dry and full bodied, with a ripe upfront fruit note. The balanced elegant structure, slight grip to the tannins, and chocolate, cherry, cassis, violets, prunes and spice lead into a lingering finish. A match for prime rib, osso bucco, or roasted game.