Groth Vineyards & Winery

Sweet Spot
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon
Oakville

2023 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction | Lot No. 54
Vintage

2021

Groth Vineyards & Winery

Sweet Spot

Cabernet Sauvignon
Oakville

10 cases produced

Highlights

  • From the “Sweet Spot” of our Reserve Vineyard, source of Groth’s most exceptional lots of Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Crafted by Ted Henry, who has more than two decades of experience making fine wine in Napa Valley
  • A rare 100% Cabernet Sauvignon bottling from our Oakville estate, farmed by Groth for more than 40 years
  • Barrel selection aging 22 months in 100% new French oak

Description

This single-barrel selection comes from the sweetest spot of the Groth Oakville estate, the source of the winery’s flagship Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon since 1983. The site is an anomaly within the greater 121 acres of the estate, and within the Oakville nested appellation itself. The soils here feature an abundance of red chert, a hard sedimentary rock made up of small quartz crystals and fossils deposited by an alluvial fan flowing out of the Vaca Mountains millions of years ago. Crafted by director of winegrowing Ted Henry from the 2021 vintage, his first with Groth and one on par with some of the greatest Napa Valley vintages of the past 30 years, this lot shows all the hallmarks of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Groth Reserve Vineyard—depth, complexity and balance.


Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Ted Henry

Winemaker, Groth Vineyards & Winery

Winemaker, Ted Henry

Ted Henry was named Director of Winegrowing at Groth Vineyards & Winery in 2021. With more than two decades of experience growing and making fine wine in Napa Valley, Ted shares the Groth family’s philosophy that distinctive wines can only arise out of outstanding vineyard estates.

“Ted’s passion for single-vineyard and estate wines and his knowledge of organic farming and how it improves wine quality will help further Groth’s mission of continually improving our unique wines of place through incremental advancements in farming and winemaking,” President and CEO Suzanne Groth said.

“I have long admired the iconic, vineyard-driven wines of Groth and the family’s adherence to growing and making wines with a distinctive sense of place,” said Ted Henry upon joining the winery. “I look forward to working closely with the family and grower partners as we continue to explore all aspects of our estate vineyards and the Oakville appellation.”

Prior to Groth, Ted served as Director of Winemaking at Clos du Val. Before that, he was Winemaker at Jarvis Estate, where he worked closely with renowned winemaking consultant Dmitri Tchelistcheff and earned a reputation as a talented winemaker with an ability to craft beautifully balanced, vineyard-driven wines. He began his winemaking career in 1999 at Trinchero Family Estates and was part of a team dedicated to the successful establishment of Trinchero’s luxury wine program.

A fourth-generation San Francisco Bay Area native, Ted grew up on his family’s ranch, where he was immersed in agriculture from a young age. While earning his degree in fermentation science at the University of
California, Davis, Ted worked in the labs of famed sensory chemist Dr. Ann Noble and noted plant biochemist Dr. Douglas Adams.

Ted lives in Napa with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys the outdoors and visits Lake Tahoe whenever he can.

Country born: United States

Education: University of California, Davis

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Distinctive wines can only arise out of outstanding vineyard estates.

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