• Alexander Smith

Producer Profile: Groth, Napa, California

Groth have been in the news a lot recently, with their Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 coming in at No.4 of the Wine Spectator Top 100! This small family run estate were caught off guard and now have all the spotlight. I will be heading to Napa in February to taste through their 2016 Reserve along with other vintages. However I recently had the chance to try their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Oakville in anticipation of this visit. I was particularly impressed by the Oakville 2015 as you will see below.

A little history about the Groth Family: Dennis and Judy might have been making premium Chardonnay instead of Napa Cabernet if a deal in 1981 had not fallen through in Sonoma. At that time they were presented with a new plot of land across in Napa which when they drove towards it, realized it was perfect and is when Groth Vineyard and Winery was born. Robert Parker gave a perfect 100 points to their 1985 Cabernet, the first 100 points given in California, however that did not stop them producing even better wine. Between 1999 and 2003, 54 acres of vines were re-planted using different clones and rootstock in the attempt to raise the bar higher. Groth are now fully sustainable and are producing some of the best wines in California, whilst staying true to their values being family owned and operated. The future is bright at Groth and quality has never been higher especially after coming in at No.4 of the Top 100 Wines of Wine Spectator 2019!

Groth Sauvignon Blanc 2018 - 91 points

Aromas of grapefruit, tropical fruit, white flowers, the palate was crisp and refreshing with a wet stone characteristic along with lemon peel, orchard fruit and a touch of pineapple on the finish. Great acidity and a nicely precise finish. Blend of 86% Sauvignon Blanc and 14% Semillon, 75% Barrel Fermented, 3 months lees ageing. This is very good for the price.

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Groth Chardonnay Hillview 2018 - 91 points

Surprisingly good Chardonnay from Napa. I am usually disappointed by Napa Chardonnays and just feel they should plant another grape but this Chardonnay from Hillview came as quite a surprise. Aromas of Asian pear, lemon meringue, peach, vanilla with a rich and creamy palate along with peaches, nectarines, vanilla, sweet spices, pastry notes and a pleasant finish. Drink now - 2021

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Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2015 - 92 points

Benchmark Oakville Cabernet. Aromas of dark black cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant, chocolate, black pepper, leather and a little smokiness. The palate was full-bodied, medium tannins and lush with sweet black and dark red fruit along with sweet baking spices, liquorice and an easy elegant finish. Not for long ageing this is ready to go now. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot aged for 22 months in oak. 92-93

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Stay tuned as taste through more Groth wines in February 2020.

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