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2009 Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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A party in the mouth with layers of cherry pie, cassis, sweet and smoky oak, and dark espresso

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The Vineyard
This is the fifth vintage from our historic Reserve vineyard after a replanting of the vineyards took us out of production for five vintages. The new rootstock, clones, trellising system and vine row orientation have proven to be the perfect combination of variables for the Groth Reserve Cabernet. Location is the paramount factor providing the perfect blend of diurnal temperatures, rainfall amounts and soil profiles for our winegrowing endeavors

The Season
The reds had a few issues out of the ordinary in 2009 that required a tremendous amount of time and energy in the vineyards. The steady warm days gave way to cooler weather and a rain incident like we have not seen since the Fall of 1989. Even though many of the red grapes were harvested prior to this rain event some Cabernet was still on the vine after the showers. Fortunately Cabernet is quite resistant to any collateral damage caused by the moisture and the grapes came through in great shape. This, of course, was a result of intense work in the vineyards to eliminate any fruit that might have been compromised by the rains. This thinning, in conjunction with both cluster and berry sorting in the cellar, resulted in big, rich, unctuous reds with outstanding color and depth. A great year of reds!

The Process
All of the Cabernet Sauvignon is from the Groth Reserve Block here at the Estate. In these vineyards, Groth’s team does a pre-veraison cluster thinning followed by two post-veraison cluster thinning. Cabernet Sauvignon clusters are night harvested, allowing the fruit to remain cool for sorting and cold soak. Clusters are hand sorted, then de-stemmed without crushing; the berries go through a second hand sort, making sure only the best berries go into the small ten-ton fermenters. The must is cold soaked for up to five days. After fermentation is complete, barrel aging takes place in our dedicated, gravity-flow, and dual level Reserve barrel rooms. The wine is racked barrel-to-barrel and aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak.

The Experience
The 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon shows the intrinsic black stone fruit nuances and the soft tannin structure that define our Oakville, Napa Valley-floor Cabernet.

The Facts
Varietal Composition: 95%% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot
Appellation: Oakville, Napa Valley, California
Barrel Aging: 100% French Oak for 22 months
Harvest Date: Oct 23-26, 2010
Soil: Yolo Loam, Gravel Strata
Alcohol: 14.9%
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.
Wine Enthusiast - 93 pts
"From the winery’s estate vineyard, on the eastern side of the Oakville appellation, this Cab is incredibly lush and delicious. It dazzles with rich blackberry, cherry pie, currant and cassis liqueur flavors, perfectly accented by sweet, smoky oak. It’s soft in tannins, yet ageworthy. Drink now–2020." - Steve Heimoff

Wine Spectator - 87 pts
"A rugged style, dense and extracted, with dried berry, espresso, roasted herb and tobacco leaf notes. This maintains a tannic profile, ending with a grainy texture. Drink now through 2022. 1,000 cases made." –JL

Past Vintage
2008 - Wine Advocate: 86 pts; Wine Spectator: 89 pts
Aging Potential: Ready to Drink, 5-10 Years
Alcohol By Volume: 14.9%
Appellation: Oakville, California
Barrel Type: French Oak
Body: Full
Color: Dark Purple
Flavor Pairing: Herb Roast, Braise
Food Pairing: Pork, Lamb, Duck
On the Nose: Smoky, Cigar Box, Cherry, Cassis, Blackberry
On the Palate: Tobacco, Toasted Oak, Tannins, Smoky, Espresso, Cigar Box, Cassis, Blackberry, Black Cherry
Serving Recommendation: Room Temperature, Let it Breathe
Texture: Rich
Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

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