2008 Groth "Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1083027 96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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. *Best of 2012, Cellar Selection* Inner quote mark (2/2012)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (6/2011)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright ruby-red. More pungent and powerful on the nose than the regular Oakville Cabernet, with a strong pyrazine element of peppery herbs. Then tighter and more savory than the basic release, showing more extract and chewy concentration but less personality today. This is a distinctly more peppery, structured wine than the basic Oakville bottling but its inner-mouth energy and rising length suggest that the best is still ahead. The tannins spread out to saturate the palate. (ST) 91+ Inner quote mark (5/2018)

K&L Notes

The grapes for this wine came from Groth's estate "Reserve Block" in Oakville. Berries were harvested at night and individually hand sorted after gentle destemming. 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.

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