2008 Groth "Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $90)
*Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2012* A huge Cabernet, in the best sense of the word. It wasn't the easiest vintage, as 2007 was, but meticulous winemaking did the job, resulting in this amazingly rich, impressively ripe wine that's drinkable now and will develop for many years. The fruits veer toward blackberries, cherries and cola, and the tannins are soft and refined. One hundred percent new French oak isn't at all heavy, lending nuances of buttered toast and sweet wood tannins. Will easily age for 15 years.
Fabulous aromas of currants, blackberries and flowers. Licorice. Gorgeous to smell. Full-bodied, with racy tannins and smoky, spice and dark chocolate. Fresh and bright with a solid core of fruit. This is clearly better than 2007 for me. Best after 2014.
Fruit for this bottling was sourced from Groth's estate "Reserve Block" in Oakville. Berries were harvested at night and individually hand-sorted after gentle de-stemming. Lots were fermented separately as they came in from different parcels of the vineyard, and the wine was aged in 100% new French oak for 22 months. Two-thirds of the barrels were selected for inclusion in this Reserve bottling, which was blended with 9% Merlot from Groth's Hillview vineyard.