people control quality from vine to bottle in yielding ripe fruit flavor and aroma
and soft supple tannins in rich full bodied wines uniquely characteristic to their
two prized vineyards. In Cabernet Sauvignon, Groth heightens the flavors and aroma
of black cherries, berries, spice and oak to create wines that age beautifully.
Groth Chardonnays are fashioned to capture hints of apple and oak in a full fruited
very satisfying wine. Sauvignon Blancs are crisp and spring-like with hints of
citrus, melon and flowers. While Napa Valley contains some of the world's premiere
vineyeards, some regions and appellations are more prestigious and historic than
others. Both Groth's Oakville and Yountville Estates are 100 years rich with wine
lore and history. As early as the 1800's, journalists were lauding the Oakville
wines including those of H.W. Crabb's To-Kalon vineyards. Today, because the wines
of the Oakville area are so unique, the region has been granted its own distinctive
appellation. Some of the finest names in Napa Valley winemaking call Oakville
home. Groth's 121 acre Oakville Estate was originally planted in 1972. Here Cabernet
Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot thrive. Groth's Yountville Estate is most historic,
in that legendary George Yount reportedly planted the first vineyard in Napa Valley
at this locale. Yountville, too, is soon to become a distinctive appellation.
The Groth Yountville Estate, originally planted in 1975 is 44 acres of Chardonnay,
Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot which benefits from a cooler, drier microclimate compared
to the warmer, wetter northern valley regions. The Vineyards, of course, are the
heart of winemaking. However, there are other less appreciated factors. In Napa
Valley, nature combined her best elements to enhance winemaking. the Napa River,
transversing the 30 mile long valley, slopes gently from a 380 foot elevation
at Calistoga in the north to sea level when it enters the San Francisco Bay. Combined
with costal fog, and moderate to balmy temperatures the majority of the year,
the valley enjoys numerous microclimates which especially enhance certain varietals.
There are now many distinctive appellations or regions in the valley, each with
a unique climate, soil and topography, each especially suited to produce hallmark
varieties. Groth nurtures each varietal into the finest vintage possible. Because
the vines are superb and both Oakville and Yountville vineyard soils and microclimates
are ideal to the varietals, Groth wines are consistently the best the variety
can offer. These are wines of the highest quality, from appellations historically
acknowledged as premiere.