Groth Oakville-Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby in color, the 2017 Oakville Cabernet opens with aromas of sweet vanilla and allspice, followed by black currants, ripe plums and a savory hint of anise seed. The palate has a smooth entry, building to a big, full mouthfeel with firm tannins a juicy, crisp acidity. Dark fruits flood the mid-palate in waves of blackberry and cassis. The finish is pleasantly dry and slightly spicy.
Decanter-Dennis and Judy Groth bought their first vineyards at Oakville in 1981, and today second generation Suzanne Groth is at the helm as president and CEO. Sourced from estate vineyards and partner growers within the Oakville AVA, the 2017 is made up of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot, harvested at night and hand-sorted, then fermented at the Oakville winery and aged in French oak barrels for 18 months, 40% new. Michelle Cherutti-Kowal MW: Fresh red and black fruit on nose and palate, oak adds some nuances. Tannins firm yet balanced with fresh acidity. James Doidge MW: Fresh, lifted berry aromas, strawberry and blackcurrant flavors with mint, coffee and chocolate. Medium-bodied, fresh acidity, well balanced and refreshingly elegant. Stefan Neumann MS: Concentration with some serious power and drive. Blue and black berry perfume does a lovely job of taking over on the palate and adding complexity and energy to it.
Wine Spectator- Open and plush in feel, with a pretty, savory frame surrounding gently mulled plum and blackberry notes. Light tobacco and warm stone details chime on the finish.
James Suckling- This has a mineral nose with aromas of blackcurrants, dried herbs, graphite and iodine. It’s medium-bodied with fine tannins. A little short, but nicely done. Give it time to open. Drink or hold.
Wine Enthusiast- Showing a firm structure and rounded tannins, this impressive wine is balanced by plush red plum and cherry flavors. It is elegant and restrained, with accents of clove and cedar. Editors’ Choice.
Region: Napa Valley, Oakville
Country: United States