Groth Oakville Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
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Wine Spectator Top 100: 2019, Rank: 4
All of the Cabernet Sauvignon is from our 27.78 acre Reserve block from our Estate. Aromas of spiced cherries dominate the alluring nose, accompanied by cassis, dark plum, and a savory touch of anise. There is a clean elegant progression of lush plum, bright cherry and currant all riding on abundant but not overpowering tannin. The Reserve Cabernet gets every ounce of special care a winery can devote to its flagship wine.
Top 100: 2019, Rank: 4 This delivers a very tightly focused, almost piercing beam of cassis, raspberry coulis and bitter cherry fruit, scored with singed alder and iron notes. Incense and tobacco details chime in on the finish. Long and refined, with the fruit leaving a sweet and mouthwatering echo. Best from 2022 through 2038. 4,800 cases made.
Tasted just prior to bottling, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is shaping up beautifully. Licorice, smoke, menthol, sage and lavender add layers of complexity to this very pretty, understated Cabernet. The 2016 has quite a bit of power and resonance that will emerge post-bottling, and yet the style is very much built on a mid-weight, classic sense of structure. Above all else, I admire the balance Director of Winemaking Cameron Parry was able to achieve. I can't wait to taste this from bottle.
This offers attractive, ripe black-cherry and plum aromas, leading to a palate that has a plush, fleshy and supple array of smooth, soft and ripe blackcurrant flavors. This has more to come. Try from 2020.
Deep garnet-black in color, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve has a nose of tar, earth and leather over a core of cassis and redcurrants plus pepper hints. The palate is medium-bodied, lean, chewy and a bit simple with a short finish.