Just Tasted : 2011 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon
This weekend has be all kinds of perfect and one of those moments was when we opened up this yummy bottle to kick start the birthday “wine tasting” extravaganza. That’s right folks, this happens to be my birthday and what kind of birthday would it be without some note-worthy wines. Well, actually the really outstanding wines are still in the cellar, waiting for some who-knows-what-occasion to open them. Along with the fact that I will be up in Napa next week visiting my family, I don’t want to “overdo it” with over-the-top expensive wines. Is that even a possible thing to do? I doubt it, but none-the less, this bottle was given to me by my family in Napa, so I felt it appropriate to open and revel in its velvety goodness!
One thing to note about the 2011 growing season in Napa was that it was a little cooler and wetter than normal, so the grapes didn’t have a chance to really develop the way you would usually prefer with a hot and dry growing season, however a lot of winemakers were able to use this still to their advantage. You can read a little more about the growing season here.
Despite the season’s challenges, this is a true Napa Cab! A little light on the dark fruits and bold jammy qualities. The tannins were a little much, with a slight bitter aftertaste, so there’s a good chance we may have opened it a little early! Luckily we were chowing down on some delicious grilled steak, so that helped to tone things down a bit. The juice spent about 22 months in oak barrels, so it has a nice hint of fragrant vanilla in the nose. All in all, a really nice wine. I do wish I would have allowed this to open up a bit more before diving in. It may have enchanced the fruits and mellowed the tannins. I guess there’s always next time.
I’ve always been a huge fan of Groth wines, but have yet to personally visit their vineyards. This may have to be on the list for next week’s trip. Happy tasting everyone!