OAKVILLE, NAPA VALLEY, Calif. (September 1, 2020) — Groth Vineyards & Winery, with its iconic terracotta mission-style winery in Oakville, celebrates a milestone moment in its nearly 40-year history with the release of the 2019 Estate White. It’s the newest addition to the Groth family of wines and the first white wine grown exclusively on the Groth family’s Oakville Estate.
The 2019 Estate White is a Bordeaux-inspired white blend made up of 79% Sauvignon Blanc and 21% Sémillon, available for $50 with only 365 cases produced. It will be sold direct to consumers through the winery’s tasting room, wine club and website (www.grothwines.com). According to Groth’s Director of Winegrowing, Cameron Parry, the Estate White is “not your typical Sauvignon Blanc.” It is much richer and fuller, with a structure more akin to a Chardonnay than a classic Sauvignon Blanc.
The idea for crafting an Estate White first burgeoned in 1994, when the Groth family replanted the Eastern side of their Oakville vineyard from Cabernet Sauvignon to Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon, recognizing the potential of the clay soils there to produce white wines of great texture, depth and complexity. “Our greatest asset, aside from our people, is the land that we own,” says Suzanne Groth, President & CEO. “We are so fortunate to have this amazing piece of property right in the heart of Oakville, and much like the Reserve Cabernet, the Estate White has been crafted to showcase the quality and unique character of the fruit from this vineyard.”
Made with fastidious attention to detail, the wine was exclusively sourced from Groth’s eastern-facing vineyards in Oakville. Once harvested, the fruit lots were whole-cluster pressed, providing juice with incredibly high fruitiness and softness. After pressing and settling, the juice was separated into various forms of fermentation vessels varying from neutral French oak and second-fill acacia barrels to concrete egg and stainless-steel tanks. In these various fermentation vessels, the juice underwent a long, cool fermentation, and was allowed to age sur lie for just over three months before the individual components were blended and aged together for an additional three months.
The result is a wine that is aromatic, expressive and elegant, with notes of melon, citrus, and tropical fruits, and seamless acidity perfect for pairing with a variety of food. According to Suzanne Groth, the Estate White is “the most honest expression of Oakville’s terroir and the very best of Groth.”
About Groth Vineyards & Winery
Founded in 1982, Groth Vineyards & Winery is a family-owned and -operated winery, producing critically acclaimed Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon in the heart of Napa Valley’s famed Oakville AVA. In 1987, Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate gave the Groth 1985 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon the distinction of being California’s first perfect 100-point wine. Since then, the Groth family’s commitment to quality continues to draw recognition. Tastings are available daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment. For reservations and inquiries call 707-754-4254, email [email protected] or visit www.grothwines.com. Follow Groth on Facebook (@GrothVineyards) and Instagram (@grothwines).