Groth Chardonnay "Hillview Vineyard" 2012 (Napa Valley, California)

Groth Chardonnay "Hillview Vineyard" 2012
(Napa Valley, California)

Regular price $29.00 Sale price $25.97 Save $3.03

Notes from the Winemaker:

Our Chardonnay is made entirely from grapes grown in our Hillview Vineyards, located in the Oak Knoll District, which was planted in 1996. The fruit from this cooler vineyard site provides the tropical fruit, citrus and mineral notes that complement food nicely.

All of the 2011 Chardonnay fruit was whole cluster pressed. This gives us juice with incredible fruit flavors and softness. After pressing and cold settling, the juice was transferred to French oak barrels, 30% of which were new, for fermentation and aging. After eight months of aging “sur lie”, the wine was racked off the yeast lees, blended and finished for bottling.

Tasting Notes:
Long, cool fermentation in a mixture of old and new barrels gives our Chardonnay layers of fruitiness and complexity that result in a wine that is very enjoyable when young or after several years of bottle age. This method of fermentation, in conjunction with whole cluster pressing and "sur lie" aging add layers of toastiness and creaminess to the wine. Together these components meld together harmoniously to create a balanced wine that is both lively and rich in aroma and flavor.

Ratings & Reviews

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:

"Pale green-tinged yellow. High-pitched, subtle aromas of apple, white pepper, quinine, powdered stone and dusty herbs. Juicy and brisk, showing very good energy but a slight hard edge to the flavors of pear, white pepper and dusty herbs. Has decent sweetness but finishes a tad youthfully harsh. This needs a year or two of cellaring." – Stephen Tanzer (May/Jun 13)

Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Presents a fresh, lively mix of citrus-laced green apple and pear, ending with a spicy, light oak aftertaste. Drink now through 2017. 4,700 cases made." –JL (Jun 30, 2013)