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Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Wine Description

(2004 Vintage) Red-ruby. Plum, smoke, tobacco, earth and menthol on the nose, with a lightly vegetal aspect. Then moderately dense and tightly wound, with a distinctly herbal quality to the red fruit and tobacco fla...

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    Our Yountville vineyard, which we began farming biodynamically in 2003, supplies the main body of our Napa Valley blend. Nicely balanced between fruit and tannin, this elegant wine is rich with aromas of black cherry, crushed rose petals and cocoa powder. This full bodied wine goes well with roasted meats, grilled Portobello mushrooms or a firm cow's milk cheese such as Edam or Gouda. An early spring and a warm summer created perfect growing conditions for one of the earliest harvests we've had in 10 years. This produced a small crop of fully-ripe grapes with wonderful concentration and deep flavors. The Cabernet from our Yountville vineyard is the Inglenook clone on St. George rootstock. These dry farmed vines have pushed their roots deep into the rocky soil, which creates intensely flavored grapes. Our organically grown Rutherford and Calistoga vineyards also contribute to the blend to create a true Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. "Garnet hue with a feathered rim. Rich aromas of German chocolate cake, blueberry and oak. Layers of flavors emitting dark chocolate, black cherry, allspice and licorice. Youthful finish with hints of peppery new oak and clove." 94 Points Wine News

    almost 6 years
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    fabulous. ripe cherries currents and smoky chocolate. a little oak and tannin. we give it a 10

    about 7 years
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    over 5 years
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    almost 4 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (1992 Vintage) Rating: 79/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/31/96.
  • Wine Spectator
    (2003 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/15/06
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2003 Vintage) Oozing with sweet, black-cherryish fruit in the nose and on the front of the palate, this two-faced effort gives and then takes away as it heats up and dries out at the finish. Its uneven nature raises concerns about aging even though it has plenty of tannin to lose, and its future is at this point uncertain enough to cost it a chance for a star.
  • Wine News
    (2004 Vintage)
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2000 Vintage) 8% Merlot; 2% Cabernet Franc. If long on the sweeter, vanillin, almost root-beer-like elements of very creamy oak, this graceful, medium-dense Cabernet comes with plenty of engaging, easy-to-taste fruit working in its favor and is focused on currants and ripe black cherries throughout. Slightly rounded on the palate and a bit narrow in back, it is a deep, accessible and eminently tasty wine that is thoroughly enjoyable now yet still has a plenty of room for mid-term improvement.