Groth Chardonnay Napa Valley 2003
Vintage: Now in their ninth leaf (years planted) our Hillview vineyards, in Yountville, are reaching a mature stage. A very cool Spring delayed the initial onset of growth, followed by a moderate Summer and warm Fall. The late bud break resulted in the Chardonnay ripening later than normal. Overall quality was excellent with strong sugars, good acidities, great colors and wonderful textures. Harvest: Our Chardonnay is made entirely from grapes grown in our Hillview and Oakcross vineyards. With the 2003 vintage, the majority of tonnage comes from our Hillview parcel. This mineral driven fruit, sharpened by the cool foggy mornings, creates a great Chardonnay. The balance of the blend comes from the warmer Oakcross vineyard giving our Chardonnay its distinctive green apple character. Winemaking: All of the 2003 Chardonnay fruit was whole cluster pressed. This gives us juice with incredible fruit flavors and softness. Whole cluster pressing eliminates the bitter notes that come from crushing stems and seeds during traditional processing. After pressing and cold settling, the juice was transferred to French oak barrels—30% of which were new—for fermentation and aging. After eight months of aging “sur lie”, the wine was racked off the yeast lees, blended and finished for bottling. Winemaker Tasting notes: Fermentation in a mixture of old and new barrels gives our Chardonnay layers of fruitiness and complexity. It also preserves the acidity and freshness creating a perfectly balanced wine. Menu suggestion: “Whether we are entertaining our distributors, customers or Joe Montana, I always pair our Chardonnay with shellfish. Prawns, crab and lobster showcase the delicate fruit, restrained oak and zippy finish of our Chardonnay.” Suzanne Groth
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.