Grgich was plucked from nearby Beaulieu Vineyard to craft the sensational 1969 Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon in his very first vintage at Robert Mondavi Cellars.
He was then tasked with making a Chardonnay to compete against the best of Burgundy for the 1976 Judgement of Paris. Many believed that Chardonnay in particular would be a varietal where Americans would be laughed off the stage. But as you all know the story by now, Mike Grgich’s 1973 Chateau Montelena was chosen as the best white wine in the world, sending shockwaves throughout the wine community and cementing the U.S. winemaker’s legacy amongst the world’s best.
On the heels of his big victory, he left Chateau Montelena just a year later in 1977 to start his own winery with partner Austin Hills – and named it Grgich Hills Estate. The wines have true international appeal as evidenced by their inclusion at countless state dinners including being served to Presidents Reagan and Clinton, Queen Elizabeth II and French President François Mitterrand.
The 2016 continues that bold tradition. The fifth in a truly impressive series of vintages, the 2016 Cabernet is predominantly comprised of fruit from their Yountville Estate Vineyard with a touch of estate fruit from Rutherford and Calistoga.
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93 Points, Decanter
Sweet black cherry, black olive and charred red meat with graceful, enticing aromas of flowers, blackberries and blackcurrants. Clove and tobacco finish.
92 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Blended of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep garnet-black color and nose of black and red berries, earth and herbs with savory hints. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm, chewy and lively.