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Groth Chardonnay Napa Valley 2013

External Review by We Speak Wine:

Winemaker Tasting notes: Long, cool fermentation in a mixture of old and new barrels gives our Chardonnay layers of fruitiness and complexity that result in a wine that is very enjoyable when young or after several years of bottle age. This method of fermentation, in conjunction with whole cluster pressing and "sur lie" aging add layers of toastiness and creaminess to the wine. Together these components meld together harmoniously to create a balanced wine that is both lively and rich in aroma and flavor. 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. Two outstanding years in a row – Mother Nature has blessed us again. 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 fantastic fruit expression, balance, and liveliness in the whites and outrageous color, and 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! Harvest: Our Chardonnay is made entirely from grapes grown in our Hillview Vineyards, located in the Oak Knoll District AVA, which was planted in 1996. The fruit from this cooler vineyard site provides the tropical fruit, citrus and mineral notes that complement food nicely. Winemaking: All of the 2013 Chardonnay fruit was whole cluster pressed. This gives us juice with incredible fruit flavors and softness. After pressing and cold settling, the juice was transferred to French oak barrels, 25% 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. Aging: Sur lie in French oak barrels for eight months, 25% new oak

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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 Chardonnay Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
04/03/2015

Winemaker Tasting notes: Long, cool fermentation in a mixture of old and new barrels gives our Chardonnay layers of fruitiness and complexity that result in a wine that is very enjoyable when young or after several years of bottle age. This method of fermentation, in conjunction with whole cluster pressing and "sur lie" aging add layers of toastiness and creaminess to the wine. Together these components meld together harmoniously to create a balanced wine that is both lively and rich in aroma and flavor. 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. Two outstanding years in a row – Mother Nature has blessed us again. 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 fantastic fruit expression, balance, and liveliness in the whites and outrageous color, and 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! Harvest: Our Chardonnay is made entirely from grapes grown in our Hillview Vineyards, located in the Oak Knoll District AVA, which was planted in 1996. The fruit from this cooler vineyard site provides the tropical fruit, citrus and mineral notes that complement food nicely. Winemaking: All of the 2013 Chardonnay fruit was whole cluster pressed. This gives us juice with incredible fruit flavors and softness. After pressing and cold settling, the juice was transferred to French oak barrels, 25% 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. Aging: Sur lie in French oak barrels for eight months, 25% new oak



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