2009 Groth "Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $90)
From the winery's estate vineyard, on the eastern side of the Oakville appellation, this Cab is incredibly lush and delicious. It dazzles with rich blackberry, cherry pie, currant and cassis liqueur flavors, perfectly accented by sweet, smoky oak. It's soft in tannins, yet ageworth. Drink now-2020.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark red. Musky redcurrant, licorice, smoke, tobacco, mocha and brown spices on the slightly medicinal nose. Supple, smooth and ripe but with little easy sweetness to the flavors of redcurrant, smoke, herbs and menthol. Finishes with firm, dusty tannins and very good length. This is carrying nearly 15% alcohol but hardly comes across as modern and overripe.
This comes from the winery's 27.78-acre estate in Oakville, with the addition of 5% Merlot from Groth's Hillview Vineyard. Aged for 22 months in all new French oak, the wine shows Groth's characterisitic cherry fruit and soft tannins, all packed into a voluptous wine.