1999 Groth Reserve Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #501002
The Reserve Cabernet is distinguished from our Estate Cabernet at the very beginning in the vineyard. Selected portions of the Oakcross Vineyard are allowed further ripening time in order to intensify the rich cherry/berry characters that define our vineyard site. Further selection in the vineyard and at the winery result in distinctive notes of plum, black cherry, vanilla and spice which are apparent in the extraordinary aroma and flavor profile of this Reserve vintage. A firm yet supple tannin backbone promises exceptional development and complexity from extended bottle aging.
Cool! Long! As with the 1998 vintage these two words help describe the harvest of 1999. Due to coolness during the Spring and much of the Summer the grapes retained much of their acidity allowing us to let the grapes hang until true ripeness occurred. A brief heat wave in July rounded out the need for heat that pushed the grapes to beautiful sugars. As with 1998, a beautiful dry Fall gave the reds a bit more time to soften and develop the color and tannins that we need for fine wines. Overall, the vintage appears to be producing flavorful, crisp wines in smaller quantities (down 20-30%) compared to average yields. The intense black cherry flavors of the 1999 Cabernet Reserve will go beautifully with any red meat. The fat content in lamb, beef, sausages, and even buffalo, will help to control the tannin in a very young wine. Pasta with red sauce, pizza and burgers are all enhanced by the spicy aromas and good balance of fruit and oak flavors.
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Vintage 1999
Country United States
Region California
Appellation Napa Valley
Bottle Size 750ml
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