Wine Advocate 93
The 2017 Chardonnay features compelling key lime pie, fresh grapefruit and toasted almonds notes with hints of sea spray, struck match and ginger. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant and charged with energy, revealing a racy backbone that beautifully extends the zest and spice laced finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide 90
Impressing immediately as a Chardonnay of emphatic richness with full-scaled, fairly mouth filling flavors that fully echo the fruity volume and sweet oak themes of its ample aromas, this wine plays less to finesse than it does to ongoing affluence, yet, its ripeness, fruity sumptuousness and size notwithstanding, it is not overdone and surprises by taking a turn to firming acidity at the end. It is, in fact, built to reward age, and, while it is hard to say that elegance necessarily lies ahead, there is little question but that it has the structure and essential stuffing to warrant at least a few years in the cellar as Chardonnays from this producer are typically wont to do.
This 2017 Chardonnay opens to exuberant tropical aromatics of pineapple, green mango and ripe peach, with underlying notes of dried herbs and Madagascar vanilla. With this, it bears witness to a warm growing season that saw two significant heat events. While the grapes for this wine were picked earlier than usual in order to maintain acidity and freshness, the tropical aromatics are accentuated by the warmer temperatures of this vintage. While it is nimble on the attack, this wine quickly builds into a lush and fresh mid-palate, revisiting the tropical note from earlier, as well as adding citrus and lemon zest. A balanced acidity frames this impression perfectly and carries this wine into a long and complex finish that is both harmonious and vibrant.
Fermentation: indigenous yeast
Harvest date: Aug. 18 Sept. 14, 2017
Sugar: 23.1 Brix average
Bottling date: February 1-14, 2019
Release Date: July 2020
Total acid: 7.2 g/L
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Grgich Hills Estate is an iconic Napa Valley winery, consistently producing wines of the highest quality. Vintners Hall of Fame inductee Miljenko "Mike" Grgich first earned world-wide recognition when the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay he crafted won the 1976 Paris Tasting, beating the best of France and revolutionizing the wine world. Mike then partnered with Austin Hills to open their family owned and operated winery in 1977.
Committed to natural winegrowing and sustainability, we farm five estate vineyards without artificial pesticides or herbicides, rely on wild yeast fermentation and use our passion and art to handcraft food-friendly, balanced and elegant wines.