Groth Oakville-Napa Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, $62.99-$67.99, 93 points, poured opaque grading a deep maroon with a clear wine ring at the glass wall of thick legs.
Upon opening, and I've been smelling a lot of Cabernets lately, this one began beautifully with violets, cedar, ripe mulberry, and soft rose perfume.
Full-bodied with food friendly acidity and a supportive underlayment of tannins which carried flavors of leather, plums, violets, and cola along with a complexity of herbs.
Finished long on a bit of Zin-like briar fruit, warm spices, a touch of eucalyptus, and a spot-on 14.5% alcohol (I say that about the alcohol knowing some hate alcohol levels above 13.5%).
Paired fine with our smorgasbord.
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