2021 marks the Groth family’s 40th year of growing grapes and making Cabernet Sauvignon in the Oakville AVA. It seems fitting that this is also the year we introduce our Oakville Neighbors Series, a trio of limited-production, single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons sourced from neighbor grower-partners who have helped make the Oakville appellation what it is today. Just 200 cases of each wine were produced.
2018 GAME TRAIL CABERNET SAUVIGNON
The Cabernet Sauvignon for this wine is from the Vyborny family’s vineyard in the southeast corner of the Oakville AVA along the Silverado Trail, directly across from the Rector Reservoir Dam below the Vaca mountains. In fact, rocks from this property were used to build the dam, which tells you something about the vineyard’s soil composition. This is a prized area of Oakville, with prestigious neighbors and crumbly, red iron soils sloughed off the Vaca range.
2018 JOE’S SPADE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
The Cabernet Sauvignon for this wine is from a 20-acre vineyard on the west side of Oakville owned by the Taddei family, which has had a homestead in Oakville for five generations. Groth has a long history with the Taddei family, currently as the sole purchaser of its fruit, and retired Groth Winemaker Emeritus Michael Weis worked with the family as far back as the 1970s.
2018 LINCOLN CREEK CABERNET SAUVIGNON
The Lincoln Creek Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a vineyard owned by Ren Harris, sometimes referred to as the “grandfather of Oakville,” and his wife, Marilyn. Dennis and Judy Groth met Ren, then a real estate agent, two years before they moved to Napa. The vineyard is on the west side of Oakville at the base of the Mayacamas mountain range.