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Groth, Napa Valley, Sauvignon Blanc, 750ml 2003


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A very cool/damp Spring got the vines off to a relatively slow start on their path to maturity. There were some occasional heat spikes which accelerated some of the maturation and caused alarm for the possibility of sunburn. The weather cooled and Fall turned out to be beautiful! Due to the delayed onset of growth in the Spring, the Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay ripened later than normal. The temperate Fall allowed the Merlot and Cabernet to reach a wonderful level of physiological maturity and to ripen on-time. Our normal break between the whites and reds did not materialize in 2003. In fact, our total crush was finished in only 51/2 weeks!!! Overall quality was excellent with strong sugars, good acidities, great colors and wonderful textures