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60 Ratings
Grgich Hills Estate Grown Merlot

Wine Details





Wine Description

Even with its high ripeness in plain view, this wine is still mostly controlled by the winery penchant for tight, ageworthy bottlings. Its first sniffs of sweet cherries and caramelly oak bring invita...

Estate grown means the grapes came entirely from Grgich Hills' own vineyards, so they have total control of the quality from the vine to the bottle. This is a full-bodied Merlot with rich aromas and ...

Good medium red. Redcurrant, plum, tobacco and herbs on the nose. Supple, juicy and flavorful, with red plum, tobacco, earth and herb flavors nicely framed by bright acidity; at once plump and savory....

Expert Reviews
  • Appellation America
    The majority of the organic Merlot fruit came from Ggrich’s cooler-climate Napa Valley vineyards in American Canyon and the Carneros, which is a good thing because the harvest season in 2004 was hot, resulting in a small crop. The remainder of the grapes came off of Ggrich’s warmer vineyards in Yountville and Calistoga. What resulted is a wine with definitive raspberry aromas with minerality and earthiness. There’s wonderful balance on a substantial body, which will help the wine age for about eight years. It’s an effort that will go a long way toward resuscitating the almost moribund Merlot market. The stated alcohol is 14.3 percent, the wine was aged for 1 ½ years in a mixture of large and small French barrels, only 20 percent of which were new. There’s still plenty of this wine to go around. More than 4,000 cases were produced.