This wine celebrates the fortieth Chardonnay harvest since the wine Mike Grgich made at Chateau Montelena won the Judgment of Paris tasting. He went on to found Grgich Hills, and now works with his nephew Ivo Jeramaz, who farms the winery’s estate vineyard in Carneros organically, and barrel ferments this wine without added yeast. The 2014 is exotic, with scents of Asian pear, orange oil and cherimoya pointed up by honeyed spice. Jeramaz finds that honeyed character is tied to the maturity of the vines in the Carneros vineyard, planted to a mix of heritage clones. It feels cool and spicy, the structure underlined by oak, with the dynamism of the fruit persisting in a tangy finish.
Youthfully wound up, this wine celebrates the winery's founding in 1977. A waft of nutty marzipan opens the gate to a wonderland of lemon, apple, pear and pineapple, the acidity supportive in lending a refreshing backbeat to the fruit. (VB)
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