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Wine Recommendation

Groth Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

Groth Vineyards and Winery

2005 Sauvignon Blanc
(Napa Valley)

The best thing about this wine is not the price – although given the quality of the wine – you’ve got to factor it into the satisfaction quotient. The wine’s lushness and balance makes it seem as if it’s a much more expensive wine. If I could afford it, I’d pay 30 bucks for this wine. (Dennis Groth, don’t go getting any ideas of raising the price.)

There are some sweet gooseberry aromas, while on the palate – which offers a degree of viscosity – we have some Crenshaw melon and a bit of greenness at the edges, which is an indication I think, that this wine will smooth out even more over the ensuing half-dozen years. Additionally, I also get a bit of licorice at the end.

After pressing and settling, 70 percent of the juice – from three different vineyards – was moved to small oak barrels and put on the lees for five months. Winemaker Michael Weis likes to call his used barrels “experienced” barrels, which in this case, are “retired” Chardonnay vessels that had gone through four or five vintages. The remaining 30 percent of the wine was made in stainless steel. The listed alcohol is 14.1 percent.

It’s Groth’s policy to not give out production figures, but according to its PR director Suzanne Groth, there’s “less than a 3-month (retail) supply” remaining. So don’t wait on this one!

Reviewed August 6, 2006 by Alan Goldfarb.

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The Wine

Winery: Groth Vineyards and Winery
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation: Napa Valley
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc (93%), Semillon (7%)
Price: 750ml $17.50

Review Date: 8/6/2006

The Reviewer

Alan Goldfarb

Alan Goldfarb has been writing about and reviewing wine for 17 years. His reviews have been published in the St. Helena Star, San Jose Mercury, San Francisco Examiner, Decanter, and Wine Enthusiast, among others. Not once has he used a point system, star system, or an iconic symbol to quantify a wine. What counts in Mr. Goldfarb’s criteria when judging a wine is: how it tastes in the glass; is it well-constructed; its food compatibility; and presence of redeeming regional attributes.