Acidic thread

Here are two wines from the Napa Valley that have a common thread of acidity and a shared and fabled character, who stunned the world at the Judgement of Paris.

Grgich Hills, Napa Valley, Estate Grown, Fume Blanc 2006 The profile is acidic with a subtle grassiness, a sense of the herhaceous without feeling like you’re chomping on bell peppers. Give some time for the stink to blow off. Sourced from fruit grown in American Canyon, there is some aging in older French oak. Estate Grown, P&B in Rutherford 14.1% $28 at Traverso’s Grgich

Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley, Chardonnay 2006 Sweet scents of richness in the nose and roundness in the mouth to temper the high acidity. P&B in Calistoga 13.8% $42 at Traverso’s Montelena

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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