Groth Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2007
Vintage: Early bud break, bloom and set suggested a very early year for wine grapes in 2007. The combination of little rain (60% of normal) and warm Spring temperatures resulted in early maturation of whites at lower sugars than we have seen in the past few vintages. Quality was high, yields were low. 2007 was a stunning vintage which gave us wonderful wine showing gobs of intensity and complexity. Harvest: Our 2007 Sauvignon Blanc was produced from grapes grown in various microclimates of the Napa Valley. The warmer Napa Valley microclimates give us grapes that result in wines with a lush, full melon/citrus character in the aroma and in the flavor. The cooler Napa Valley fruit provides a solid, crisp backbone that gives the wine an exciting liveliness that balances the rich creaminess from "sur lie" aging. Winemaking: All of the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon was whole cluster pressed. Whole cluster pressing gives us juice of incredibly high fruitiness and softness. After pressing and settling, 70% of the juice was moved to small oak barrels where it was put through a long, cool fermentation. Within two weeks, the wine fermented to dryness and the wines were allowed to age "sur lie" for a total of five months in the small oak barrels. This pressing, fermentation and aging program adds rich complexity to the aromas and flavors. “Experienced” Barrels: The Sauvignon Blanc barrels are retired Chardonnay barrels that are 4-5 years old. These barrels are completely inert, which means they do not impart any oak flavor to the delicate varietal. Menu suggestion: “One of our favorite family meals with Sauvignon Blanc comes from Kimball Jones, our Culinary Director, and family member. The mineral and herb flavors of Sauvignon Blanc marry nicely with grilled fish or chicken. Add to this a puree of cauliflower and leeks and you have a memorable meal. The cauliflower and leeks are cooked in chicken or fish stock. Drained and pureed with a little lemon juice, salt, pepper, and a little butter this makes a beautiful presentation for the fish or chicken. The citrus and stone fruit flavors of the wine are enhanced. This puree was the first solid food for our grandson. This dish is truly something that the entire family can enjoy together.” Judy Groth
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Floral and tropical aromas. Lots of citrus in the flavors, got tang to it. Good balance. Short on the finish. As the Dawn of Groth puts it, "Breakfast in a bottle".
i'm not much for white wines, but i found this to be refreshing and crisp, with overt hints of grapefruit
Two and a half glasses
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Wine Tasting NotesLush, full melon/citrus character in the aroma and in the flavor. The cooler Napa Valley fruit provides a solid, crisp backbone that gives the wine an exciting liveliness that balances the rich creaminess from "sur lie" aging. The blend of the two elements results in a harmonious wine that matches well with all types of cuisine.
Grown in a cooler microclimate of Napa Valley, this Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and refreshing with aromas of melon and citrus. A richness results from aging on its lees. Drink on its own or with many different types of fare.
Tasting Notes - The 2007 Sauvignon Blanc was produced from grapes grown in various microclimates of the Napa Valley. The warmer Napa Valley microclimates provided grapes that result in wines with a lush full melon/citrus character in the aroma and in the flavor. The cooler Napa Valley fruit provides a solid crisp backbone that gives the wine an exciting liveliness that balances the rich creaminess from sur lie aging.