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Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley 2013

External Review by We Speak Wine:

This is the ninth vintage from our historic Reserve vineyard after a replanting of the vineyards took us out of production for five vintages. The rootstock, clones, trellising system and vine row orientation have proven to be the perfect combination of variables for the Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Location is the paramount factor providing the perfect blend of diurnal temperatures, rainfall amounts and unique soil profiles for our winegrowing endeavors. Vintage: Mellow is the word that comes to mind to describe the vintage from a winegrowing and winemaker perspective. Fantastic is the word that comes to mind to describe the quality and bounty of the crop. Early bud break was followed by exceptional weather that continued through the entire season. There was no need to be frantic about picking – we were all very relaxed. We were able to pick when the grapes were at their finest, giving us outrageous color/bodacious tannin structure in the reds. 2013 will go down in the annals as one of the greats along with 2012. Two in a row – WOW! Michael Weis, Winemaker Emeritus Harvest & Winemaking: All of the Cabernet Sauvignon is from our 27.78 acre Reserve Block here at the Estate. In these vineyards, we do a pre-veraison cluster thinning followed by two post-veraison cluster thinning. Cabernet Sauvignon clusters are night harvested, allowing the fruit to remain cool for sorting and cold soak. Clusters are hand sorted, then de-stemmed without crushing; the berries go through a second hand sort, making sure only the best berries go into each small fermentation lot. The must is cold soaked for up to five days, prior to inoculation. After fermentation is complete, barrel aging takes place in our dedicated, dual level Reserve barrel rooms. The wine is racked barrel to barrel and aged for 25 months in 100% new French oak. Tasting Notes: The 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has clean, rich aromas with great complexity; it shows prominent notes of cedar, dried cherries and sweet vanilla along with hints of warm summer blackberries, ripe dark plum, forest humus and a touch of thyme. The flavors open with a smooth entry and build quickly with loads of fine grain tannins giving a very broad mouthfeel. All this structure is backed up with a nice firm acidity, bright red currant and ripe dark cherry fruit, as well as more subtle impressions of cocoa, oak spice and savory herbs. Cameron Parry, Director of Winegrowing

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Groth Vineyards & Winery:
Groth Vineyards is located in the Oakville Appellation in Napa Valley. Browse our site to learn more about our winery, and wines. You can schedule a tour & tasting, join our wine club, and buy wine directly through our Web site. We are looking forward to sharing our exceptional wines and hosting you at our estate winery.

External Reviews for Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
04/27/2017

This is the ninth vintage from our historic Reserve vineyard after a replanting of the vineyards took us out of production for five vintages. The rootstock, clones, trellising system and vine row orientation have proven to be the perfect combination of variables for the Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Location is the paramount factor providing the perfect blend of diurnal temperatures, rainfall amounts and unique soil profiles for our winegrowing endeavors. Vintage: Mellow is the word that comes to mind to describe the vintage from a winegrowing and winemaker perspective. Fantastic is the word that comes to mind to describe the quality and bounty of the crop. Early bud break was followed by exceptional weather that continued through the entire season. There was no need to be frantic about picking – we were all very relaxed. We were able to pick when the grapes were at their finest, giving us outrageous color/bodacious tannin structure in the reds. 2013 will go down in the annals as one of the greats along with 2012. Two in a row – WOW! Michael Weis, Winemaker Emeritus Harvest & Winemaking: All of the Cabernet Sauvignon is from our 27.78 acre Reserve Block here at the Estate. In these vineyards, we do a pre-veraison cluster thinning followed by two post-veraison cluster thinning. Cabernet Sauvignon clusters are night harvested, allowing the fruit to remain cool for sorting and cold soak. Clusters are hand sorted, then de-stemmed without crushing; the berries go through a second hand sort, making sure only the best berries go into each small fermentation lot. The must is cold soaked for up to five days, prior to inoculation. After fermentation is complete, barrel aging takes place in our dedicated, dual level Reserve barrel rooms. The wine is racked barrel to barrel and aged for 25 months in 100% new French oak. Tasting Notes: The 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has clean, rich aromas with great complexity; it shows prominent notes of cedar, dried cherries and sweet vanilla along with hints of warm summer blackberries, ripe dark plum, forest humus and a touch of thyme. The flavors open with a smooth entry and build quickly with loads of fine grain tannins giving a very broad mouthfeel. All this structure is backed up with a nice firm acidity, bright red currant and ripe dark cherry fruit, as well as more subtle impressions of cocoa, oak spice and savory herbs. Cameron Parry, Director of Winegrowing


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
10/29/2018

This is the ninth vintage from our historic Reserve vineyard after a replanting of the vineyards took us out of production for five vintages. The rootstock, clones, trellising system and vine row orientation have proven to be the perfect combination of variables for the Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Location is the paramount factor providing the perfect blend of diurnal temperatures, rainfall amounts and unique soil profiles for our winegrowing endeavors. Vintage: Mellow is the word that comes to mind to describe the vintage from a winegrowing and winemaker perspective. Fantastic is the word that comes to mind to describe the quality and bounty of the crop. Early bud break was followed by exceptional weather that continued through the entire season. There was no need to be frantic about picking – we were all very relaxed. We were able to pick when the grapes were at their finest, giving us outrageous color/bodacious tannin structure in the reds. 2013 will go down in the annals as one of the greats along with 2012. Two in a row – WOW! Michael Weis, Winemaker Emeritus Harvest & Winemaking: All of the Cabernet Sauvignon is from our 27.78 acre Reserve Block here at the Estate. In these vineyards, we do a pre-veraison cluster thinning followed by two post-veraison cluster thinning. Cabernet Sauvignon clusters are night harvested, allowing the fruit to remain cool for sorting and cold soak. Clusters are hand sorted, then de-stemmed without crushing; the berries go through a second hand sort, making sure only the best berries go into each small fermentation lot. The must is cold soaked for up to five days, prior to inoculation. After fermentation is complete, barrel aging takes place in our dedicated, dual level Reserve barrel rooms. The wine is racked barrel to barrel and aged for 25 months in 100% new French oak. Tasting Notes: The 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has clean, rich aromas with great complexity; it shows prominent notes of cedar, dried cherries and sweet vanilla along with hints of warm summer blackberries, ripe dark plum, forest humus and a touch of thyme. The flavors open with a smooth entry and build quickly with loads of fine grain tannins giving a very broad mouthfeel. All this structure is backed up with a nice firm acidity, bright red currant and ripe dark cherry fruit, as well as more subtle impressions of cocoa, oak spice and savory herbs. Cameron Parry, Director of Winegrowing ** Only 1 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 09/22/2016

This is the eighth vintage from our historic Reserve vineyard after a replanting of the vineyards took us out of production for five vintages. The rootstock, clones, trellising system and vine row orientation have proven to be the perfect combination of variables for the Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Location is the paramount factor providing the perfect blend of diurnal temperatures, rainfall amounts and unique soil profiles for our winegrowing endeavors. Vintage: “Perfect, classic, abundant” describe the 2012 vintage. Quality and quantity were in great supply in the 2012 harvest. Beautiful Spring, Summer and Fall weather highlighted the growing season. With very few concerns, winegrowers and winemakers were able to sit back and allow Mother Nature to strut her stuff – and strut she did. The vintage was, literally, a mirror image of the classic 2005 vintage – climate–wise, yield-wise and quality-wise. Great aroma development, phenomenal extraction and unctuous flavors were the result of patience and creativity. The big crop required a great deal of flexibility and ingenuity in the cellar as tank, barrel and cellar space became squeezed toward the end of harvest. But we all endured and made some memorable wines from a spectacular vintage. It is one for the ages! Harvest & Winemaking: All of the Cabernet Sauvignon is from our 27.78 acre Reserve Block here at the Estate. In these vineyards, we do a pre-veraison cluster thinning followed by two post-veraison cluster thinning. Cabernet Sauvignon clusters are night harvested, allowing the fruit to remain cool for sorting and cold soak. Clusters are hand sorted, then de-stemmed without crushing; the berries go through a second hand sort, making sure only the best berries go into each small fermentation lot. The must is cold soaked for up to five days, prior to inoculation. After fermentation is complete, barrel aging takes place in our dedicated, dual level Reserve barrel rooms. The wine is racked barrel to barrel and aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak. The 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon shows the intrinsic ripe black stone fruit nuances and the rich, firm tannin structure that define our Oakville, Napa Valley-floor Cabernet. Blending: All of the Cabernet Sauvignon from our Reserve Block was harvested as separate lots, 50% of the lots were selected for final blend. 10% Merlot grown on our Hillview vineyard. Aging: 22 months in barrel. The Reserve lots were blended in the cellar, and aged together for approximately half of the total cellar time.


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 04/03/2015

This is the seventh vintage from our historic Reserve vineyard after a replanting of the vineyards took us out of production for five vintages. The rootstock, clones, trellising system and vine row orientation have proven to be the perfect combination of variables for the Groth Reserve Cabernet. Location is the paramount factor providing the perfect blend of diurnal temperatures, rainfall amounts and soil profiles for our winegrowing endeavors. Vintage: Very much like the 2010 harvest 2011 was a year punctuated by a direct move from Spring into Fall. Spring rains during bloom and set disrupted pollination of the grape flowers resulting in reduced yields across the board. In retrospect, this turned out to be a silver lining in an otherwise gray cloud. As the season progressed cool weather continued resulting in even more fruit being thinned off the vines. This long, cool growing season was crowned, fortunately, by a marvelous “Indian summer” of warm, dry days in September and October. This blessed weather event gave us wonderful fruit character at lower than normal sugars/alcohol levels. Later rains in late-October/early November had minimal impact on any remaining Cabernet on the vines. Overall, the vintage was a challenge but due to a lot of work in the vineyards and in the winery we are blessed with wonderful wines again from this amazing area. Harvest & Winemaking: All of the Cabernet Sauvignon is from our 27.78 acre Reserve Block here at the Estate. In these vineyards, we do a pre-veraison cluster thinning followed by two post-veraison cluster thinning. Cabernet Sauvignon clusters are night harvested, allowing the fruit to remain cool for sorting and cold soak. Clusters are hand sorted, then de-stemmed without crushing; the berries go through a second hand sort, making sure only the best berries go into the small ten-ton fermenters. The must is cold soaked for up to five days. After fermentation is complete, barrel aging takes place in our dedicated, gravity-flow, and dual level Reserve barrel rooms. The wine is racked barrel to barrel and aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak. The 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon shows the intrinsic black stone fruit nuances and the soft tannin structure that define our Oakville, Napa Valley-floor Cabernet. Aging: 22 months in barrel. The Reserve lots were blended in the cellar, and aged together for approximately half of the total cellar time.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2009 03/14/2014

From the winery's estate vineyard, on the eastern side of the Oakville appellation, this Cab is incredibly lush and delicious. It dazzles with rich blackberry, cherry pie, currant and cassis liqueur flavors, perfectly accented by sweet, smoky oak. It's soft in tannins, yet ageworthy. Drink now-2020. - S.H. Dark red. Musky redcurrant, licorice, smoke, tobacco, mocha and brown spices on the slightly medicinal nose. Supple, smooth and ripe but with little easy sweetness to the flavors of redcurrant, smoke, herbs and menthol. Finishes with firm, dusty tannins and very good length. This is carrying nearly 15% alcohol but hardly comes across as modern and overripe. A rugged style, dense and extracted, with dried berry, espresso, roasted herb and tobacco leaf notes. This maintains a tannic profile, ending with a grainy texture. Drink now through 2022. 1,000 cases made. -JL


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2009 11/04/2014

From the winerys estate vineyard, on the eastern side of the Oakville appellation, this Cab is incredibly lush and delicious. It dazzles with rich blackberry, cherry pie, currant and cassis liqueur flavors, perfectly accented by sweet, smoky oak. Its soft in tannins, yet ageworthy. Drink now2020. - S.H. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 93 PointsDark red. Musky redcurrant, licorice, smoke, tobacco, mocha and brown spices on the slightly medicinal nose. Supple, smooth and ripe but with little easy sweetness to the flavors of redcurrant, smoke, herbs and menthol. Finishes with firm, dusty tannins and very good length. This is carrying nearly 15% alcohol but hardly comes across as modern and overripe. - Stephen Tanzer 91 PointsA rugged style, dense and extracted, with dried berry, espresso, roasted herb and tobacco leaf notes. This maintains a tannic profile, ending with a grainy texture. Drink now through 2022. 1,000 cases made. JL - Wine Spectator Magazine 87 Points


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2008 03/14/2014

Dazzling. Easily the best Groth Cabernet in many years, dry, full-bodied and crazily rich in blackberries, cherries, tobacco and new oak. The ripe, sweet fruit is held in check by brisk acidity and firm tannins, resulting in an exciting tension. Beautiful now, and should develop gracefully throughout the decade. - S.H. ** SOLD OUT **


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