Grgich Hills 2012 Violetta Late Harvest White 375ml (Napa Valley)
90pts – Wine Enthusiast
Dark golden in color, with a taste of caramel-toffee apple, this is the winery’s classically produced late-harvest blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Gewürztraminer. Recalling toasted caramel corn, fig and orange, the aromas are intense and the palate balanced. – Virginie Boone
Grgich Hills’ classically-produced late harvest wine is the result of Botrytis cinerea, a beneficial mold that evaporates moisture while concentrating the flavor in the berry but yielding very little juice when the grapes are pressed.
The grapes were grown at their estate vineyard in American Canyon, which is certified organic.
Carefully planting vines in the lowest spot of this cool vineyard, has created the perfect conditions to capture the low-lying fog needed to grow botrytis- affected grapes.
The unpredictable nature of botrytis requires a tremendous amount of time to produce this wine, including several passes to pick individual clusters as they become cloaked in the mold that creates this unique richness and flavors in wine.