The 2016 Groth Reserve Estate Cabernet Sauvignon boasts a dense, deep-garnet color that hints at the extraction in this wine. Aromas of spiced cherries dominate the alluring nose, accompanied by cassis, dark plum, and a savory touch of anise. Smooth and juicy on the entry, the palate builds quickly with full mouthfeel and bright acidity. There is a clean elegant progression of lush plum, bright cherry, tart red currant all riding on abundant but not overpowering tannin. The spiced cherries make a reappearance late in the finish. Elegantly powerful now, this will be a real stunner in 10-15 years.
Varietal Composition: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot
Appellation: Oakville AVA, Napa Valley
Aging: 22 months in French oak, 100% new. The Reserve lots were aged separately for 8 months, blended, and aged again for 14 months.
Winemaker: Cameron Parry
96 Points, "Collectibles" #4 on "Top 100 Wines of 2019" - Wine Spectator
"This delivers a very tightly focused, almost piercing beam of cassis, raspberry coulis and bitter cherry fruit, scored with singed alder and iron notes. Incense and tobacco details chime in on the finish. Long and refined, with the fruit leaving a sweet and mouthwatering echo. Best from 2022 through 2038. 4,800 cases made." -JM, 8/31/19
(91-94) Points - Vinous
"Tasted just prior to bottling, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is shaping up beautifully. Licorice, smoke, menthol, sage and lavender add layers of complexity to this very pretty, understated Cabernet. The 2016 has quite a bit of power and resonance that will emerge post-bottling, and yet the style is very much built on a mid-weight, classic sense of structure. Above all else, I admire the balance Director of Winemaking Cameron Parry was able to achieve. I can't wait to taste this from bottle." -AG, Dec/2018