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2010 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon

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Loaded with dark fruit and chocolate with a velvety finish

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The Season
The 2010 harvest year was punctuated by a direct move from Spring into Fall. Summer basically consisted of several huge heat spikes that set records in Northern California. The cool weather we encountered during most of the growing season allowed the grapes to develop slowly resulting in maturity at lower sugars and higher acidities at harvest. Coupled with this balance, the fruitiness of the grape was retained resulting in exceptional aromas and flavors. However, the heat spikes did result in some vineyard issues. Large quantities of grapes, were lopped off the vines to keep them from being harvested and brought into the winery. After all the hand wringing that Mother Nature caused during the season, the 2010 harvest may actually go down as one of the most intriguing, most difficult and the best vintages of the early 21st century. The reds are stunning – amazing colors in wines that are soft, supple and full bodied. Amazing results from an amazing year!

The Vineyard
The Cabernet Sauvignon fruit is grown on our Estate controlled vineyards, in the Oakville AVA, in the heart of the Napa Valley. The fruit is night harvested, cluster sorted by hand, crushed and put into small tanks for fermentation.

The Process
Fermentation was carried out over a ten-day period in small, temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks at an average temperature of 85 F. After pressing and settling, the wine was transferred to small French oak barrels for aging. The sweet vanilla character derived from 22 months in the barrels blends well with the black cherry and blackberry flavors and aromas of the wine.

The Experience
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is big and lush with huge gobs of fruit in the aroma and flavor.  The texture of the wine is soft and supple, typical of Cabernet Sauvignons grown in the Oakville AVA.

The Facts
Varietal Composition: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot
Appellation: Oakville, Napa Valley, California
Harvest Date: Oct 15-27, 2010
Barrel Aging: 22 months French oak barrels, (60% new)
Alcohol: 14.5%
The Groth Vineyard & Winery story begins in 1981 when the founders, Dennis and Judy Groth were catching their dreams of owning a vineyard.  The couple was close to purchasing a vineyard in Sonoma County, but the lot didn’t grow Cabernet Sauvignon, so the two continued their search and landed in the heard of Oakville, California.  
Some may say the Groth success is one of the right-place-right-time story, Dennis and Judy’s decision to pass on the vineyard that did not grow Cabernet Sauvignon that lead them to Oakville was a great one!  Groth’s first vintage,  the 1982 was instantly recognized, and with some fine tuning over 3 years, Groth’s 1985 Reserve Cabernet, scored 100 points by Robert Parker, a rare and prestigious accolade.
Today, under the leadership of winemaker Michael Weis, Groth wines are simple, elegant, and stay true to the integrity of the varietal.   Michael’s winemaking philosophy is simple, great wine starts from the ground, nurtured by it’s conditions and care, and showcase it in all it’s glory.
This vintage has not yet been reviewed

Past Vintage
2009 - Wine Spectator: 88 pts
2008 - Wine Spectator: 87 pts; Wine Enthusiast: 96 pts
Aging Potential: Ready to Drink, 5-10 Years
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Appellation: Oakville, California
Barrel Type: French Oak
Body: Full
Color: Red-Purple
Flavor Pairing: Braise
Food Pairing: Steak, Lamb
On the Nose: Blackberry, Black Cherry
On the Palate: Tannins, Plum, Cocoa, Chocolate
Serving Recommendation: Room Temperature, Let it Breathe
Texture: Velvety
Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

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