Groth Vineyards & Winery is a family-owned company with deep roots in the Oakville AVA, home to Napa Valley’s largest concentration of top Cabernet Sauvignon producers. Dennis and Judy Groth made a life-changing investment in 1981 when they bought a vineyard on Oakville Cross Road, in the heart of Napa Valley, with hopes it would produce wines as special as their favorites from the region.
It didn’t take long for their intuition to be proven right. Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate gave the Groth 1985 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon the distinction of being California’s first 100-point wine.
As for their non-reserve Estate bottling, the 2017 represents their highest ever scored Cabernet bottling from this great label. In a vintage that saw many of their neighbors struggle, the Groths churned out a gorgeous, dark fruited Oakville Cab that opens with spices and sweet vanilla oak and is followed by blackberry, strawberry currants and ripe plums. The palate is silky smooth with a big, full mouthfeel with firm tannins. The finish is pleasantly dry and slightly spicy and lingers on the palate for a good 30 seconds. Tons of age left in this one.
“Dennis and Judy Groth bought their first vineyards at Oakville in 1981, and today second generation Suzanne Groth is at the helm as president and CEO. Sourced from estate vineyards and partner growers within the Oakville AVA, the 2017 is made up of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot, harvested at night and hand-sorted, then fermented at the Oakville winery and aged in French oak barrels for 18 months, 40% new.” -Decanter
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95 Points, Decanter (Unanimous Across Three Judges)
Michelle Cherutti-Kowal, Master of Wine: Fresh red and black fruit on nose and palate, oak adds some nuances. Tannins firm yet balanced with fresh acidity.
James Doidge Master of Wine: Fresh, lifted berry aromas, strawberry and blackcurrant flavours with mint, coffee and chocolate. Medium-bodied, fresh acidity, well balanced and refreshingly elegant.
Stefan Neumann, Master Sommelier: Concentration with some serious power and drive. Blue and black berry perfume does a lovely job of taking over on the palate and adding complexity and energy to it.
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