Wine Enthusiast 91 points - Complemented by 9% Semillon, this concentrated, creamy young wine is generous in pear, peach and subtle pineapple. Tart, it remains fresh and focused in the glass, with a lushness that’s memorable and compelling. An impactful finish wraps things up nicely.
Dennis and Judy Groth bought the estate after the selling of Dennis' company. They loved Cabernet from the Napa Valley area and wanted to immediately create great wine. In 1985 their Cabernet Reserve earned California's first 100 point distinction from Robert Parker.
Michael Weis has been the winemaker at Groth since 1994. He had previously been winemaker in the Oakville area. He says, Two decades ago we had uneven canopies. Today we grow grapes that have richer flavors, darker colors and frankly make better wines. My job is to find the essence of our vineyards and bottle it.
|Napa Valley-Our Sauvignon Blanc was produced from grapes grown in various microclimates of the Napa Valley. The warmer Napa Valley microclimates give us grapes that result in wines with a lush, full melon/citrus character in the aroma and in the flavor. The cooler Napa Valley fruit provides a solid, crisp backbone that gives the wine an exciting liveliness that balances the rich creaminess from sur lie aging.
This wine is aged for 5 months in wine barrels of 4-5 years of age. These barrels are completely inert which means they do not impart any oak flavor to the delicate varietal.
|In 1981, Dennis and Judy Groth purchased 121 acres in Napa Valley's Oakville appellation ? prime Cabernet Sauvignon land. The wines gained immediate recognition and Robert Parker awarded the 1985 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon the distinction of California's first 100 point wine. The Groths have since purchased another 44 acres in the Hillview vineyard in Yountville. Making great wine takes dedication and experience. Vineyard manager, Ben Benson, joined Groth in 1982. His years of experience at the estate have helped him identify the ideal vines to plant in the each location, matching soil types to rootstock, to grape clone, to trellising. Michael Weis, winemaker since 1994, has more than three decades of experience with Oakville grapes and wines. In addition to their legendary Cabernets, Groth also produces consistently fine Chardonnay, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.