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Grgich Hills

1829, St. Helena Hwy., 94573 Rutherford, ca
United States of America

Telephone +1 707 9632784
Fax +1 707 9638725

This company is co-exhibitor of
Wine Institute of California

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.03  NORTH AMERICA
  • 01.03.03  USA
  •  California

Our products

Product category: California

2014 Miljenko's Selection Chardonnay

The Wine: We fermented the juice in 900-gallon French oak casks that were temperature controlled for a slow fermentation to retain all of the grapes’ delicate aromas, then aged 11 months in same casks. This aging adds another layer of complexity, but the larger casks don’t overwhelm the fruit avors with oak. The wine’s crisp, aromatic flavors of citrus flower, honey and lightly roasted almonds linger in its long finish and are a great complement to saute´ed shellfish, grilled chicken and roasted pork loin.

Vintage: We enjoyed a beautiful vintage in 2013 with consistent sunshine and moderate temperatures that grapes love. After a wet start to winter in 2012, spring was warmer than usual, triggering an early bud break and owering and fruit set under sunny skies. With only one heat spike in late June/early July, Napa’s typical warm days and cool nights produced healthy vines. We started harvesting about two weeks earlier than usual and never seemed to stop with grapes coming in at a steady pace.

Vineyard: Our Miljenko’s Selection tier showcases the unique characteristics of a varietal from specific vineyard blocks selected by Miljenko “Mike” Grgich. Clones, rootstock and farming are matched with the distinctive growing conditions of each site. Chardonnay thrives in our Carneros Vineyard 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. All of our vineyards are certified organic, and we farm them naturally, without artificial pesticides or herbicides.

Winemaker's Notes:
Alcohol 14.1% by volume
Fermentation indigenous yeast
Harvest date Aug. 29-Sep.6, 2014
Sugar 23.6 degrees Brix at harvest
Bottling date July 29, 2015
Release Date October 2016
Total acid 6.9 g/L
pH 3.22
Time in oak 11 months
Type of oak French Oak
Blend 100% Chardonnay

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Product category: California

2012 Merlot, Napa Valley

The Wine: This is a Cabernet lover’s Merlot! Its bright flavors of strawberries, cherries, licorice and a hint of coffee are wrapped in a velvety texture that make your taste buds ask for more! The wine’s firm tannins and vibrant acidity create the perfect partner with beef tenderloin, rack of lamb, duck and barbecued pork.

Vintage: We enjoyed a wonderful growing season from start to nish in 2012. A gentle spring allowed for textbook owering and fruit set, followed by a long procession of warm, sunny days with no nasty heat spikes. Thanks to the excellent weather, the longer-than- average growing season produced perfectly balanced and ripe grapes.

Vineyard: This cool climate Merlot is grown in our vineyards in southern Napa Valley, within sight of the San Francisco Bay. We blended in a small amount of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from our warmer upper Napa Valley vineyards to craft a complex, balanced wine. Committed to natural winegrowing and sustainability, we farm our ve estate vineyards without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides and they are certified organic.

Winemaker's Notes:
Alcohol 14.9% by volume
Fermentation indigenous yeast
Harvest date Sept. 26 - Oct. 21, 2012
Sugar 25.6 degrees Brix
Bottling date March 27, 2014
Release Date December 2015
Total acid 5.7 g/L
pH 3.68
Time in oak 18 months
Type of oak French oak
Blend 95% Merlot, 5% Cab. Sauvignon

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Product category: California

2013 Violetta, Late Harvest

The Wine: Our classically-produced late harvest wine is the result of Botrytis cinerea, a beneficial mold that evaporates moisture while concentrating the flavor in the berry but yielding very little juice when we press the grapes. We fermented the thick, rich juice and then aged the wine in French oak to develop its subtle flavors and textures. Rich aromas of ripe pear, Mandarin orange and honeysuckle lead to a lingering, harmonious finish. Violetta is spectacular when paired with desserts that echo these flavors, such as fruit tarts, creme brulee and rich cheeses, or serve it all by itself to end a special meal.

Vintage: We enjoyed a beautiful vintage in 2013 with consistent sunshine and moderate temperatures. After a wet start to winter in 2012, spring was warmer than usual, triggering an early bud break and flowering and fruit set. Harvesting Violetta required many passes through the vines and plenty of patience as we waited for botrytis to develop.

Vineyard: The grapes were grown at our American Canyon vineyard, which is certified organic. Carefully planting vines in the lowest spot of this cool vineyard, we’ve created the perfect conditions to capture the low-lying fog needed to grow botrytis- affected grapes. In two small blocks we planted a field blend that’s predominately Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling with some Gewurztraminer, and nurtured it to encourage botrytis. Because of the unpredictable nature of botrytis, this wine takes a tremendous amount of work, including several passes to pick individual clusters as they become cloaked in the mold that creates this unique richness and flavors in wine.

Winemaker's Notes:
Alcohol 13.3 by volume
Fermentation indigenous yeast
Harvest date Oct. 15-Nov.18, 2013
Sugar 15 100 ml.
Bottling date March 16, 2015
Release Date May 16, 2016
Total acid 7.8 L
pH 3.13
Time in oak 18 months
Type of oak French Oak
Blend Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer

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About us

Company details

Miljenko “Mike” Grgich first gained international recognition at the celebrated “Paris Tasting” of 1976. Then, in a now-historic blind tasting, a panel of eminent French judges swirled, sniffed, and sipped an array of the fabled white Burgundies of France and a small sampling of upstart Chardonnays from the Napa Valley. When their scores were tallied, the French judges were shocked: they had chosen the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, crafted by Mike Grgich,  as the finest white wine in the world. Mon Dieu! The results stunned the international wine establishment and immediately earned Mike a reputation as one of the greatest winemakers in the world.

The Paris Tasting served notice to the world that the California wine industry was on the move, and it laid the groundwork for the creation of Grgich Hills Cellar. After his victory in Paris, Mike sat down with Austin Hills and his sister, Mary Lee Strebl, from the Hills Bros. Coffee family, and on Independence Day 1977, they gave birth to Grgich Hills. It was an ideal partnership. Austin owned premium vineyards in Rutherford, in the heart of the Napa Valley, and with his extensive background in business, he put the winery on its financial feet. Mike, with his fierce commitment to making wines of the highest quality, began producing what immediately became our signature wine: the exquisite, richly complex Chardonnays that win awards and delight wine lovers across America and throughout the world.

Today, we remain committed to making distinctive wines with quality, consistency and longevity. We are proud that world leaders such as Presidents Reagan and Clinton, Queen Elizabeth II and French President François Mitterrand chose our wines to serve at state dinners, but we are just as proud that every single day discriminating wine drinkers count on Grgich Hills to turn their own dinners into special occasions.

We treat each of our different wines as a special child, carefully nurturing their development and character. Our pride and joy is our Chardonnay, an elegant example of the varietal displaying rich flavors and exquisite balance. As a complement to the Chardonnay, we also produce a refreshingly crisp Fumé Blanc, a rich and spicy Zinfandel, a Cabernet Sauvignon with tremendous depth and complexity, a lush and richly fragrant Merlot, and a luscious dessert wine named “Violetta,” in honor of Mike’s daughter, Violet.

Now 93 years old and still sporting his signature blue beret, Mike was inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame in 2008 in honor of his many contributions to the wine industry. While many other Napa wineries pursue strategies of expansion, Mike, along with his daughter, Violet, and his nephew, Ivo Jeramaz, prefer to stay small. Their aim, year after year, is to improve the quality of their vineyards and their wines, relying on Mike’s unique artistic and intuitive touch. This strategy continues to pay significant dividends.

Committed to natural winegrowing and sustainability, we farm our five estate vineyards without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, rely on wild yeast fermentation and use our passion and the art of winemaking to handcraft food-friendly, balanced and elegant wines.  In keeping with our goal of sustainability, the winery switched to solar power in 2006. As Mike often says, “From our vineyard to your glass, naturally!”

Beginning with the 2003 vintage, all Grgich Hills wines were labeled “Estate Grown.” This guarantees a consistently superior level of quality and it means that Grgich Hills will always remain a shining symbol of prestige and good taste. In recognition of that important milestone, the winery changed its name in 2007 to Grgich Hills Estate.

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