For this special selection Chardonnay we handpicked our best lots, aging them in 70% new
French barrels and the remainder in neutral barrels for a year. We then re-evaluated the lots,
keeping only the best for this bottling. As part of our natural winemaking we relied on wild
yeasts for fermentation. We prevented malolactic fermentation in order to preserve the
pleasing acidity and fresh flavors we worked so hard to achieve in the vineyard. This is: an
elegant Chardonnay with pure flavors of mineral, citrus flower, honey, and lightly
roasted almonds on the finish.
Harvest date ...September 24, 2006
Sugar ...............23.7˚ Brix
Bottling date ... April 3, 2008
Release date ..Spring 2009
Time in oak .....12 months in French Oak
...........................barrels, followed by six
...........................months in stainless
Type of oak .....French Oak (70% new)
Production .......1,606 cases (12/750 ml.)
Blend ................100% Chardonnay
|2006 Grgich Hills, Carneros Selecton Chardonnay
|For The Distinctive Epicurean and Wine Enthusiast
and the use of oak barrels for proper aging. For his contributions to the wine
industry, he was presented a Lifetime Achievment Award by the California
State Fair in 2008.
Mike's most celebrated achievement came in 1976 when a Chardonnay he
crafted for Chateau Montelena beat the very best wines in France in a now
famous blind tasting in Paris. This event that stunned the wine world
catapulted the Napa Valley into the front ranks of the leading wine-producing
regions of the world.
Mike continues to guide Grgich Hills Estate and to plan for its future.
Over the years I have learned to communicate with the wines and how to
nurture them. I realized that you don't make wine only with your head and your
senses. You make wine with your heart. You have to pour your heart and your
love into the wine. To me, wines are like my children. You have to love them
and guide them like children, and you have to transmit to them the richness
of your spirit."
An inductee to the Vintner Hall of Fame, Miljenko
"Mike" Grgich is a legend in the Napa Valley.
Over the past 50 years, Mike's wines, crafted in
the classic Old World tradition,have won a
stream of California and international prizes,
premier wineries in the U.S. and the world.
Passionate and relentless in his quest for
quality, Mike has also helped pioneer a number
of significant breakthroughs in California
winemaking techniques, including the use of
cold sterilization and malolactic fermentation
|Private Wine Society
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