Simple Sips: Groth Vineyards

In this episode, we visit with Dennis Groth, Suzanne Groth and Cameron Parry of Groth Vineyards in Oakville, Napa Valley, CA.  We first get a unique sneak peak at the beautiful property and learn more about the Groth family and their quest to create outstanding wines. We hope you enjoy it – cheers!

Wine List for Tasting

1. Groth Sauvignon Blanc 2019, $15.99

Winemaker Tasting Notes: Brilliant pale gold in color with enticing aromas of jasmine, white peach, tropical mango and fresh-cut lemon. Opening with a juicy acidity, the palate is richly weighted, showing layers of pineapple, green melon, and a crisp, refreshing grapefruit finish. — Cameron Parry, Director of Winegrowing

Pairing Suggestion: The crisp, clean acidity and lush fruit of this 2019 Sauvignon Blanc will nicely complement most lighter preparations of fish, but it has me yearning for a big bowl of salmon poke. It also pairs beautifully with summer afternoons, good friends and good conversation.



2. Groth Chardonnay 2018, $25.99

Winemaker Tasting Notes: The aromas of this classic Chardonnay are dominated by honeysuckle with fruit notes of lemon zest, lime leaf, and ripe white peach. There is an underpinning of oak giving a bit of lift and a hint of meringue, but it is far from overbearing. The palate entry is bright and clean, moving quickly from green apple into complex citrus and a touch of tropical fruit. Good mass and density are countered with crisp linear acidity which is in turn balanced by a subtle oak sweetness. The long finish rounds it all off with fresh lime and juicy peach. — Cameron Parry, Director of Winegrowing

Pairing Suggestion: Enjoy this Chardonnay with grilled fish, roasted chicken, or just a summer evening among friends.



3. Groth Cabernet 2016, $49.99

Winemaker Tasting Notes: The alluring dense, dark plum color of the 2016 Oakville Cabernet is the first indication of the rich extraction in this wine. Sweet aromas of blackberry tart, ripe plums and marzipan are complemented with a savory hint of toasted coriander seed. The palate opens smoothly, building to a rich, full mouthfeel — the young tannins hinting at a restrained power. A beautifully balanced acidity dances throughout — giving an undercurrent of freshness and a counterpoint to the sweetness of the new French oak, lifting the dark fruits and bringing forward ripe red berries. The finish is layered with baking spices, wild blackberries, and a hint of dried black currant. This wine is enjoyably exuberant now but has the fruit and structure to last another 15+ years should you desire. — Cameron Parry, Director of Winegrowing

Pairing Suggestion: Braised short ribs with root vegetables or a big ol’ juicy hamburger will be excellent companions for this rich red wine. If meat isn’t for you, this Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon will also pair beautifully with a rich wild mushroom risotto.


4. Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, $119.99*

Winemaker Tasting Notes: The density of the deep-garnet color hints at the extraction in this wine. Aromas of spiced cherries dominate the alluring nose, accompanied by cassis, dark plum, and a savory touch of anise. Smooth and juicy on the entry, the palate builds quickly with full mouthfeel and bright acidity. There is a clean elegant progression of lush plum, bright cherry, tart red currant all riding on abundant but not overpowering tannin. The spiced cherries make a reappearance late in the finish. Sit with this one for a while, get to know it, and enjoy the evolution. Elegantly powerful now, this will be a real stunner in 10-15 years. — Cameron Parry, Director of Winegrowing

Accolades: 96 pts, No. 4 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2019


Wine descriptions and product sheets taken from Groth Vineyards

*Please note: We work hard to ensure all products are shown with their correct pricing and product information at all times. However, an earlier version of this webpage had an incorrect price listed for the Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 by mistake. The correct price for this product is what is currently shown, $119.99.