The 2012 Merlot from Grgich Hills comes from vineyards in the southern Napa Valley. It is a refined wine which includes 5% Cabernet Sauvignon to the 95% Merlot and offers aromas and flavors or red berries, spices, pepper and minerals which all begin to slowly take shape in the glass. Medium-bodied and structured around fine tannins and a lingering finish. If approaching this early, it will demand several hours of air contact, but will ultimately be best with additional bottle age.
|Miljenko “Mike” Grgich first gained international recognition at the celebrated “Paris Tasting” of 1976. Then, in a now-historic blind tasting, a panel of eminent French judges swirled, sniffed, and sipped an array of the fabled white Burgundies of France and a small sampling of upstart Chardonnays from the Napa Valley. When their scores were tallied, the French judges were shocked: they had chosen Mike’s 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay as the finest white wine in the world. Mon Dieu! The results stunned the international wine establishment and immediately earned Mike a reputation as one of the greatest winemakers in the world.