2008 Grgich Hills Napa Valley Merlot

SKU #1132347 Connoisseurs Guide

 Sweet, cherry-like fruit is joined in the nose by distinct scents of coconut and milk chocolate, and the three themes are replayed in the wine's sleek, slightly narrow flavors. Still on the firm side even as it approaches its fifth birthday, it is not now nor ever will be a flamboyant wine, but we like its fruity persistence and its very keen focus, and we are more than willing to wait another three or four years for added maturity.  (3/2013)

Wine Enthusiast

 Give this wine credit for dryness, crisp acidity and intensity. It’s rich and strong in sour black cherry candy, cola, bitter dark chocolate and herb flavors. It's also very tannic, so much so that it's practically undrinkable now. Give it 4–5 years in the bottle, decant, and drink with beef or lamb.  (5/2013)

Wine Spectator

 Shows black cherry and toasty espresso aromas, followed by appealing flavors of currant, herb and cedar. Drink now through 2017.  (5/2013)

K&L Notes

The winery's note: "This is a cool climate Merlot with bright fruit flavors and mouth pleasing acidity from our vineyards in southern Napa Valley grown within sight of the San Francisco Bay."

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.