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Vintage: 1995 was a very confusing year for vines and winemakers alike. Winter was like spring, spring like winter, s...Read more...
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Vintage: 1995 was a very confusing year for vines and winemakers alike. Winter was like spring, spring like winter, summer like fall and fall like summer. A mild winter resulted in an early bud-break followed by rain during set, which kept harvest levels low in many varieties. A cool summer provided long hang times for the grapes, intensifying the aromas, flavors and colors. Overall for Groth, quality was very high from a long and fruitful harvest. Vineyards: The Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes that make up our Reserve Cabernet blend are grown on our Oakcross Vineyard in Oakville, in the heart of the Napa Valley. The Oakville District is renown for its Cabernet and produces wines that are full, lush and very elegant. The Merlot is grown at our Hillview Vineyard, south of Yountville, where Merlot develops a wonderful earthy firmness that blends gracefully with Cabernets from Oakville. Harvest: Sugar/Acid Balance at Harvest Sugar: 23.5 Brix Acid: 0.65 g/100 ml pH: 3.88 Pick Dates: November 1-3, 1995 Fermentation and Aging: Fermentation was carried out over a seven day period in small, temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks at an average temperature of 85 degrees F. After pressing and settling, both the Cabernet and Merlot were transferred to new French Nevers oak barrels for aging. The sweet vanilla character derived from 24 months in the barrels blends well with the black cherry and blackberry flavors and aromas of the wine. Blending with the Merlot occurs just prior to bottling. Finished Wine: Bottling Date: January 1998 Size: 750 ml, 1.5 L, 3 L, and 6 L Bottle Age: 12 months 100% Napa Valley 100% Estate Grown, Produced and Bottled 80% Cabernet from Oakcross Vineyard 20% Merlot, Hillview Vyd. Total Acidity: 0.58 g/100ml Alcohol: 13.9% by volume Winemaker Notes: Our Reserve Cabernet is distinguished form our Estate Cabernet at the very beginning in the vineyard. Selected portions of our Oakcross Vineyard are allowed further ripening time in order to intensify the rich cherry/berry characters that define our vineyard site. Distinctive notes of plum, black cherry, vanilla and spice are apparent in the extraordinary aroma and flavor profile of this Reserve vintage. A firm yet supple tannin backbone promises exceptional development and complexity from extended bottle aging. Menu Suggestions: The intense black cherry flavors of the 1996 Cabernet Reserve will go beautifully with any red meat. The fat content in lamb, beef, sausages, even buffalo, will help to control the tannin in a very young wine. Pasta with a red sauce, pizza, and burger are all enhanced by the spicy aromas and good balance of fruit and oak flavors.
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