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Grgich Hills Estate | Napa Valley
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Winemaker's Notes:
Alcohol
13.5% by volume
Fermentation
indigenous yeast
Harvest date
Sept. 21 - Oct 18, 2011
Sugar
22.8 degrees Brix
Bottling date
August 2012
Release Date
Spring 2014
Total acid
6.9 g/L
pH
3.39
Time in oak
10 months
Type of oak
French Oak
Blend
100% Chardonnay

2011 Chardonnay, Napa Valley

The Wine: Miljenko “Mike” Grgich has been called “The King of Chardonnay” since the winery began in 1977, and you can taste why in this classically styled wine. We did not allow the Chardonnay to undergo malolactic fermentation, preserving its natural acidity. The wine’s fresh citrus and juicy peach are rounded out with rich, warm vanilla avors and a touch of minerality that are perfect partners for fresh seafood, roasted chicken, grilled pork, and creamy cheeses.

Vintage: Thanks to cool weather and unexpected rains, 2011 was a demanding, but in the end, rewarding vintage for us. The wet winter and spring delayed the start of bloom, and then cool temperatures slowed grape development, pushing the start of harvest back by two weeks. More reminiscent of France than of Napa Valley, this vintage fashioned elegant wines with great aromatics, and the lower level of sugars from the cool growing season translated into lower alcohol.

Vineyard: We farm all of our vineyards naturally, without artifcial pesticides or herbicides, and they are certifed organic and Biodynamic. Our Chardonnay thrives in our American Canyon and Carneros vineyards in the southern tip of Napa Valley, near San Pablo Bay, which spills into the San Francisco Bay. The cool maritime breezes and fog allow the grapes to slowly ripen to develop complex flavors while maintaining a pleasing natural acidity that is impossible to achieve in warmer areas.

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2011 Chardonnay, Napa Valley

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