Perhaps no winery is more synonymous with an AVA than Groth is with Oakville. Their 1985 Reserve Cabernet holds the distinction of being Robert Parker’s first ever 100-point score given to a domestic wine. But that was just the beginning.
Since then, they would appear on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list eight times, including with their 2016 Reserve Cabernet– an absolute dynamite bottle of wine that landed on #4 in Wine Spectator’s Best of 2019 list.
From 2014 to 2021, Cameron Parry ran the winemaking at Groth. That’s when the low 90’s turned back into mid and upper 90’s and the Groth’s once again saw very few wineries manage better scores. Some would say that the Gilded Age returned. From the very first vintage onward, Parry’s impact was felt loudly. In the 2016 vintage, Groth once again returned to the Wine Spectator Top 5 Wines of the Year for their flagship Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Back on top in no time at all.
To commemorate the return of the glory years, we got our hands on Cameron Parry’s first Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2014. With Cam having a reputation for the age-worthiness of his Cabernets at iconic Chateau Montelena, Groth set aside more cases than usual for the Library in order to slowly dole them out once they started to really hit their stride. This is that special opportunity.
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This reserve wine shows a deft hand. A red currant tone is met by a mild grip of tannins and a soft midpalate that is lightly rich in coconut shavings and mocha. Supple and balanced in richness, it offers classic flavors of cassis and cherry wrapped in supportive oak.
93, Wine Spectator
Aromas of dark berry, fresh-cut herbs, cedary oak and gravelly earth are tight and well-centered. Still raw and edgy, but nothing a year or two won’t resolve. Patience required. Best from 2020 through 2033.