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Groth Vineyards and Winery Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2014

External Review by We Speak Wine:

Vintage: Warm, steady, and stable best sums up the 2014 vintage. Warm spring rains, setting everything up for a near ideal growing season. Summer and the vine growth progressed very smoothly, with no notable heat spikes or really any worrisome weather at all. In fact, the weather during the critical period of ripening following veraison was ridiculously stable. For about a six-week stretch we saw a high around 85° F and a low around 55° F, perfect conditions! All this wonderful weather meant that the grapes ripened in a very predictable fashion, allowing us to target optimal ripeness, with wonderful pacing of the harvest; we never had our hand forced by Mother Nature. The results of all this great weather are wines that show the richness and ripeness of the season while retaining the purity of fruit character, a crisp freshness, and lovely depth. Along with 2012 and 2013, this vintage makes for quite the trifecta! - Michael Weis, Director of Winemaking Harvest: Our 2014 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 areas of Napa Valley provide fruit with 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, 80% of the juice was moved to small neutral oak barrels where it was put through a long, cool fermentation. Within three weeks, the wine fermented to dryness and the wines were allowed to age "sur lie" for a total of five months in the small neutral oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation is avoided in order to preserve the bright fruit and lively natural acidity that make this wine so refreshing and enjoyable. Menu suggestion: Lighter fare such as scallops and stone fruit salads along with warm summer evenings always pair beautifully with this classic Sauvignon Blanc. - Cameron Parry, Winemaker

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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 Vineyards and Winery Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
04/20/2016

Vintage: Warm, steady, and stable best sums up the 2014 vintage. Warm spring rains, setting everything up for a near ideal growing season. Summer and the vine growth progressed very smoothly, with no notable heat spikes or really any worrisome weather at all. In fact, the weather during the critical period of ripening following veraison was ridiculously stable. For about a six-week stretch we saw a high around 85° F and a low around 55° F, perfect conditions! All this wonderful weather meant that the grapes ripened in a very predictable fashion, allowing us to target optimal ripeness, with wonderful pacing of the harvest; we never had our hand forced by Mother Nature. The results of all this great weather are wines that show the richness and ripeness of the season while retaining the purity of fruit character, a crisp freshness, and lovely depth. Along with 2012 and 2013, this vintage makes for quite the trifecta! - Michael Weis, Director of Winemaking Harvest: Our 2014 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 areas of Napa Valley provide fruit with 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, 80% of the juice was moved to small neutral oak barrels where it was put through a long, cool fermentation. Within three weeks, the wine fermented to dryness and the wines were allowed to age "sur lie" for a total of five months in the small neutral oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation is avoided in order to preserve the bright fruit and lively natural acidity that make this wine so refreshing and enjoyable. Menu suggestion: Lighter fare such as scallops and stone fruit salads along with warm summer evenings always pair beautifully with this classic Sauvignon Blanc. - Cameron Parry, Winemaker




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