Original
66 Ratings
Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel Napa Valley

Wine Details

Varietal

Zinfandel

Style

Red

Wine Description

(2005 Vintage) All of the grapes in this Zinfandel come from Grgich Hills' organically farmed Calistoga vineyard. It has an aromatic bouquet of licorice, boysenberry, and a hint of cola, which leads into concentrated flavors of ripe black cherry and blackberry. Acidity and chewy tannins lead into a persistent licorice and black fruit finish.

(2005 Vintage) On the one hand, quite ripe and dried out to the point of near desiccation, and on the other, angular and acidy without enough fruit for balance, this muddled wine comes up well shy of its past perfor...

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Enthusiast
    (1996 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast
  • Wine Spectator
    (1998 Vintage)
  • Wine Spectator
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 05/15/02
  • Wine Spectator
    (1992 Vintage) Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 07/31/95
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2006 Vintage) 5% Petite Sirah. Both of the Grgich Hills efforts are built along fairly firm lines, but whereas its pricey partner convinces in fruit, this comparatively stark wine lacks clear definition while coming up short on requisite flesh. Hard and drying with a rush of last-minute tannin, it needs lengthy aging and a full measure of luck to grow into beauty.