Miljenko “Mike” Grgich first made this “Fume Blanc” styled Sauvignon Blanc for Robert Mondavi back in 1968. Today, the team upholds the tradition using grapes from organically farmed estate vineyards at the cool, southern tip of Napa Valley near San Francisco Bay. Mouthwatering freshness and opening notes of green apple, lemongrass and snap peas build a deliciously refreshing, mineral-laced white of surprising complexity.
Grgich Hills Fumé Blancs are always emphatically grassy and this one goes right to the limits, but its ongoing herbaceousness is tempered by deep and continuous fruit, and the combination here is striking. The wine is at once lively and moderately full-bodied with the structure to keep and grow for a good many years, and, when all is said and done, this latest edition is as long on value as it is on character and complexity.