Mike Grgich first gained international recognition at the celebrated "Paris Tasting" of 1976 in which a panel of eminent French judges swirled, sniffed, and sipped an array of the fabled white Burgundies of France and a small sampling of upstart Chardonnays from the Napa Valley. When the results were in, the French judges were shocked: they had chosen Mike's 1973 Montelena Chardonnay as the finest white wine in the world. Mon Dieu! The results stunned the international wine establishment and immediately earned Mike Grgich a reputation as one of the greatest winemakers in the world.
Today, Grgich remains committed to making distinctive wines with quality, consistency and longevity. Grgich is proud that world leaders such as Presidents Reagan and Clinton, Queen Elizabeth II and French President Francois Mitterrand chose our wines to serve at state dinners, but are just as proud that every single day discriminating wine drinkers count on Grgich Hills to turn their own dinners into special occasions.
Our winemakers have created a Rose fit for any occasion that shines whether you're pairing it with food or drinking it alone. The Rose is made with the same attention to quality and finesse as our esteemed Chardonnays. Similar to Provence, Napa has a Mediterranean climate, so we had southern France's chilled Roses in mind when we crafted this refreshing wine. This limited-production Ros? is your perfect, easy-drinking wine that pairs well with your favorite dish.
To craft our Napa Valley Rose, we relied on the traditional saignee method, allowing free-run juice to drain out of the tank after one to five hours of skin contact. The juice was kept cool during its five to six weeks of fermentation to capture the maximum expression of fresh aromas and flavors.
The nose has aromas of cherry blossom, watermelon, and strawberry followed by an explosion on the palate of passion fruit and peach. With its round mouthfeel, this wine has perfectly balanced acidity and an addicting finish. Serve slightly chilled, it's perfect with anything spicy, like your favorite street tacos, Thai noodles or barbecued ribs. Enjoy this wine in its youth.