The 2017 Chardonnay shows a brilliant pale golden straw color. The aromas open with ripe pear, white peach, and citrus notes of orange blossom and Meyer lemon, complemented by subtle toasty oak undertones. The palate entry is smooth with citrus and mineral elements. The mouthfeel builds cleanly with a very nice acid balance crisp and bright but still juicy and lush. In addition to the citrus notes, there is a tropical fruit layer of lychee, pineapple, and starfruit. The hint of new oak brings a sweetness that lifts the fruit and provides a bit of structure that supports the mouthfeel.
James Suckling 90 Points
It didn’t take the Groth family long to know that in buying the Oakville Estate, they had acquired a special property. The first recognition that immediately put Groth on the map and confirmed their credentials was when Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate gave the Groth 1985 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon the distinction of being California’s first perfect 100-point wine. This sparked feverish demand for the wine.
The Groth family’s commitment to quality continues to draw recognition. Groth wines have been ranked on Wine Spectator’s prestigious Top 100 Wines list eight times in the winery’s history, most recently in 2019, when the 2016 Reserve Cabernet was No. 4.