From a warm year, this is a concentrated, intensely full-bodied wine, given additional color and weight by 3% Petite Sirah. Black pepper, dried herb and a touch of reduction lead to an evolved, elegant thread of blackberry and strawberry. (VB)
Very much in the mold of past Zin efforts from this prestigious producer, this current vintage is ripe and made lively by its zesty acidity, and its blackberry-scented fruit is comfortably joined on the palate by a light spicy, slightly peppery note. It tightens up in the latter palate and finish, and if enjoyable today with savory meats, time is on its side and we would opt to lay it away for up to a half-decade.
Grgich Hills Estate is an historic fixture in Napa Valley, founded by Miljenko "Mike" Grgich in the Rutherford AVA in 1977. Mike Grgich became world-famous for crafting the 1973 vintage of Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, which ranked top at the famous Judgment of Paris tasting in 1976, beating out some of Burgundy's most famous white wines. (If you're more familiar with the hit wine movie, Bottle Shock, Grgich's unnamed character is the beret-wearing dude eating fried chicken in the "lunch break" scene). As with most Napa wineries, Grgich also produces a lineup of rich and bold red wines. Grgich has farmed their vineyards organically for many years, and were certified organic back in 2006.
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