2004 Groth Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
Solidly Cabernet...solid enough in its focus on cassis and ripe cherries to be attractive and hinting at briar, dark chocolate and creamy oak in its aromas, the wine starts with a certain supple roundness before taking on coarser, tannic edges and showing more grip than fruit by the finish. A bit of bottle age will smooth it out.
Aromas and flavors of dusty cedary oak join ripe currant and cherry notes. The texture is smooth, ending with firm, ripe tannins and a lingering aftertaste that shows a dash of herb.
Ripe, juicy, fleshy fruit followed by a silky mouthfeel and ripe, integrated tannins. The 2004 shows lots of finesse and sexiness. It is drinking great now and should age well for another five to seven years. Delicious! (Trey Beffa, K&L, 10/2013) 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Merlot aged in French oak barrels for 20 months, 50% new.