Wine Whore Review:
Grgich Hills Estate Grown Napa Valley Chardonnay 2006

Taste Score = 9/10 Points
Enjoyability Score = 9/10 Points (Additional stats below)

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The inception of my purple teeth passion dates back to a memorable voyage my wife and I took to the magestic Napa Valley. We visited the wineries, met many welcoming people, and basked in the tranquil atmosphere. I instantly fell in love with the captivating back-stories, unwavering dedication, and of course, the distinctively unique fruits of their labor. I yearned to learn more but lacked the financial means to satisfy the magnitude of my curiosity.

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Today I mark the 100th donation of wine to my �cause� by celebrating my inauguration into the 'Wine Whore Century Club'. As I open and taste this Napa Valley Chardonnay, I raise a glass to you in a toast of my appreciation. To all the wine lovers, wineries, and other supportive fans that enjoy reading the story of my �cause�� Cheers!

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Vintage Info:
"2006 was a cool vintage in general, starting with a wet winter and spring that delayed budbreak and led into a slow, even, ripening of the grapes. Then a heat spike in July helped the grapes catch up to a normal physiological ripeness followed by an unusually cool August that allowed the grapes to completely ripen without dehydrating. Thanks to our organic and Biodynamic� farming, the vines remained healthy throughout the temperature swings, providing us with fully ripe, flavorful grapes in September." -Grgich Hills

Recommended Food Pairing:
Winery's Suggestion- "Let the wine�s elegance shine by matching it with simple preparations of baked halibut, roasted chicken, grilled shrimp or pork, or pasta with a light cream sauce."

My Suggestion- Originally I intended to indulge this tasting with a delicious seafood entr�e. Once I the first sip reached my tongue, my plans instantly changed. I got so astounded by the seductive texture of this golden wine that I couldn't bear to let any food get in the way of our affair. Selfishly, I leisurely sipped this wine as the sun set over a lazy Sunday. I could imagine no better tribute to its beauty.

Producer: Grgich Hills
Vintage: 2006
Varietal: Chardonnay
Appellation: Carneros Napa Valley
Residual Sugar: N/A
TA: 6.9 g/L
pH: 3.35
Production: 24,074 cases (12/750 ml) 2,019 cases (12/375 ml) 61 cases (6/1.5 L) Alcohol %: 14.3%
Aging: Fermented and aged 10 months
Type of Oak: French oak: 60% neutral barrels 30% new 10% 900 gallon casks
Cost: $42.00

Wine Whore Score:

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This glowing gold nectar is tinted with a slight green hue reminiscent of the skin from a pear. Without any overpowering brawny oak to cover up its beautiful fruit, this golden indulgence tastes sweet and smooth.

On the tongue it shines brilliantly as it fades away in a lengthy fruity finish. The amazing balance of this Chardonnay allows its personality to effortlessly stand out. In the process of making this wine, nothing is done to obscure its good character. Grgich attributes this purity to Biodynamic farming. Taking this principle one step further, this wine did not undergo any manipulation through malolactic fermentation.

This excellent example of a Napa Valley Chardonnay is packed with plenty of structure to make it enjoyable without becoming overwhelming or flimsy. The score it receives reflects its perfection, awarding the wine with a 9 for both taste AND enjoyability. This sums up to a stellar score of 32.5 out of 40 points and a exceptionally high average score of 8.1 out of 10 points. This Chardonnay is perfection to my palate.

Like this wine? Be sure to check out other Grgich Hills wines reviewed by The Wine Whore!

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Shelly said...

Glad you enjoyed it. Sounds great. I have the same problem with eating. I open a bottle while preparring dinner then get wrapped up in the wine and lose my appetite for food.

joeshico said...

As you know I am not real big on Chardonnays. Still breaking in on whites. But, this is on of the best I have had from CA. I had it last month with broiled halibut and it paired very nicely.

Joann said...

Thank you so much for the review......I know I'm going to go get a bottle now!!

john said...

Great producer! Great Chardonnay!

Anonymous said...

This is an excellent Chardonnay. My wife doesn't really like dry wines, but she loved this Chardonnay. We did a tasting at Grgich about a year ago, and decided that as expensive as their wines can be, they are worth it! BTW, they also have a 2004 Cab that is very, very good.

Neil said...

I had the fortune of meeting Mike Grgich and as he took me through the barrel room he looked around and declared "This is the house that Chardonnay built!" While all of their wines are great, the Chard's are something else! Good review!

The Wine Whore said...

Thank you all for the great comments! This is truly a great Chard... probably my current favorite! :)

I look forward to the chance to get to visit this winery... Neil and Anonymous, that must have been a real treat to get to taste it at Grgich!

Joe, you have great food pairings, that sounds delicious! :)


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