I decided to open up a 2015 Grgich Hills Estate Merlot from the Rutherford AVA of Napa Valley. The winemaker for Grgich Hills is Ivo Jeramaz who I interviewed for Episode 37 of the Mr. Wine Guy Podcast.
I also had the privilege of interviewing Violet Grgich. Violet is President of Grgich Hills, and the daughter of Mike Grgich. Mike is one of the most legendary winemakers the wine industry has ever seen. Mr. Grgich is a Napa legend, not in his own mind, nor my opinion, but a legend who helped put Napa on the global map in 1976.
Judgement of Paris – Mike Grgich
Mike is absolutely one of thee most pivotal people in the world of Napa. Mike was the winemaker behind the famed 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay that won the Judgement of Paris in 1976. The moment in history is so important that the ’73 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay is on display at the Smithsonian, as are the clothes Mike Grgich word that year! An entertaining version of this historic event is told in the film Bottle Shock which tells the story of how Napa shocked the world. Mike then went on to start his own winery, Grgich Hills.
Ok, on to drinking the Grgich Hills Merlot!
Grgich Hills Estate
18 months French Oak
As far as this Merlot goes, winemaker Jeramaz expression of place and terroir speaks volumes with hints of freshly bloomed violets on the nose, subtle black fruit on the palate and a finish that lingers with undeniable anticipation for more.
Be sure to go to www.grgich.com to pick up a few of these Merlot’s and to learn more about all the amazing things this family’s accomplished in the wine industry.
Check out episode 37 of my podcast featuring Ivo Jeramaz from Grgich Hills: Link to podcast on iTunes. Here is The Mr. Wine Guy’s review of 2015 Brandline Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon out of the Mount Veeder region of Napa Valley.
Excerpt From an interview with Ivo Jeramaz from: “DRIVE THROUGH NAPA” below explaining what effect Rutherford has on the grapes grown there.
“Rutherford wine is always more supple and approachable when it’s young than wine from other places in this part of the valley. Yountville has more firm structure. Rutherford is more seductive. Right now for the ’14 or ’15 vintage, I would take Rutherford because it’s ready to go. There’s a forwardness in Rutherford that is not present in Yountville”
(Grgich Hills has vineyards in Yountville including some of the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in Napa Valley. )