Review: 2014 Grgich Hills Chardonnay Napa Valley

40 years ago, Grgich Hills released its first chardonnay, a wine that has since become an icon of Napa Valley. Now, in honor of her father, current co-owner Violet Grgich has released the 40th anniversary bottling of Grgich Hills’ Chardonnay, which the winery describes as a “limited-production wine recalls an earlier style of Chardonnay, with crispness, rich body, and refined elegance.”

Well, no surprises here: Oak and vanilla hit right from the start — and they don’t much let go after that. Secondary notes run from baked pear to lemon to butter cookies to some lightly grassy notes, and a light lick of acidity gives the finish some brightness. That said, make no mistake — you’re sipping Napa chardonnay, sourced straight from the heartland.

B+ / $53 / grgich.com

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