It was 1981 when Dennis and Judy Groth purchased a 121-acre parcel of land in Napa and from that day to this the focus has been on producing a handful of wines but specializing in Cabernet Sauvignon. Their 2015 Reserve Cabernet is such a comprehensive Cabernet, allowing the fruit to be the star power with support from 100% new French oak barrels. Harvested over a two-week period in Oakville, this lush fruit reaches out with blackberry, blueberry, cassis, black currant, plum, and cedar box with an acidity that belies the structure of the wine. It lingers on the palate for a long time, giving off whispers of clove, anise, wild flowers and cocoa powder. The words balance and harmonious get tossed around with so many wine reviews, but here they are stunningly appropriate. In short this is an exceptional wine.
Score: 94 Points
What’s Its SRP? $140/750ML
What Can I Pair It With? Beef tenderloin with blackberry dressing; Roasted wild caught salmon with herbed butter; Rosemary braised lamb shanks.