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Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 'Yountville Old Vine' 2014

Product description

Grgich Hills Estate is an iconic Napa Valley winery, consistently producing world-class wines.  Vintner Hall of Fame inductee Miljenko “Mike” Grgich first earned world-wide recognition when the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay that he crafted won the 1976 Paris Tasting, beating the best of France.  Mike then partnered with Austin Hills to open their family-owned-and-operated winery in 1977.  Committed to natural winegrowing and sustainability, Grgich farms their five estate vineyards without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, rely on wild yeast fermentation and use their passion and art to handcraft food-friendly, balanced and elegant wines.

Grgich HIlls is home to some of the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the Napa Valley. The Yountville vines were planted in 1959 to the Inglenook clone on St. George rootstock. The roots reach deep into the subsoil to access all of the available nutrients, producing concentrated, intensely flavourful fruit.

The 2014 Yountville Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon is luscious and deep ruby red in the glass.  It displays aromas and flavors of sweet cherry, red currant, and citrus flower with savory undertones of forest floor, laurel, and thyme.  The tannins are smooth but firm with great density on the back palate.  Notes of tobacco, bay leaf, and cocoa complement the long finish.

94 Points - James Suckling    Very tight and traditional cabernet with subtle blackberry, raspberry and bark character on both the nose and palate. Hints of peat. Full-bodied, polished and chewy. From biodynamically grown grapes.