Groth Oakville-Napa Valley 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, $68,41-$89.99, 96 points, appears in the glass as a dense ruby, trending crushed black currant in color with a broad transparent rim.
The nose abounds with floral blackberry, bright red cherry, cedar, and sweet cooking spices.
The near full body is tightly acidic and tannic, but definitely approachable now and far into the future. however, there is this fine silky texture, reminiscent of the best Belgian chocolate, lingering into the finish.
Robust black fruit, plum, red cherry, roses, hints of tobacco and dried herbs are layered and seamless.
An explosive finish, long on rich peppery spice, spearmint, and a touch of oak with a hint of heat (14.9% alcohol) is spectacular and memorable.
It's no-wonder that California can compete with Bordeaux, as Groth vineyard proves.
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