2011 Groth Vineyards Reserve Cabernet
Groth Vineyards and Winery is located in the Oakville sub-appellation of Napa Valley, California. It is known for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon wines, but produces Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc as well.
Dennis and Judy Groth bought the 50-hectare (120-acre) property in Oakville in 1981, and another 18ha (44 acres) south of Yountville a year later. The Oakville property in particular is considered prime real estate – it is bordered by Plumpjack, Screaming Eagle and Silver Oak.
In the vineyards, Groth uses cover crops to establish a healthy insect population and preserve soil moisture, an important consideration in California's dry environment. Since 1996, some 90 percent of the vineyards have been replanted to match each soil type with its most suitable clone and rootstock.
Both the generic and reserve Cabernet Sauvignon wines are sourced from the Oakville property, and are full-bodied and true to the appellation. The Groth Chardonnay comes from the Yountville property, and a Sauvignon Blanc is produced from fruit purchased from around the valley. Groth's wines are distributed across the United States, and are available at the winery, which is known for its distinctive California Mission-styled architecture.