Grgich Hills Estate, Carneros (Napa Valley, California) Chardonnay “Miljenko’s Selection” 2015

($60):  It should come as no surprise that Grgich Hills makes a spectacular Chardonnay since it was “Mike” Grgich who made the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay that stunned the world at the tasting, dubbed, “The Judgement of Paris” in 1976.  Their 2015 Miljenko’s Selection is a gorgeous wine: rich, yet not overdone, with bright lemony acidity. Despite its dazzling depth, the overwhelming impression is vibrancy and energy.  The flavors practically dance on the palate, leaving it clean and fresh, without a trace of heaviness.  Other winemakers should note the 13.5 percent stated alcohol, showing that it is possible to achieve richness and depth without excessive alcohol. 96 Michael Apstein Nov 14, 2017