Groth Oakville-Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, $97.74-$114.99, 96+ points, poured the same color, but darker than this purple/red young Cabernet, and with thick slow tearing into the clear wine ring.
The bouquet was outstanding potpourris focused upon flowers, black fruits, cedar, and herbs; to break down this wine's aroma gestalt would just be superfluous.
Full-bodied with mouthwatering acidity and layered fine supportive tannins carried a balanced flavor profile excelling with blackberry liqueur, black currants, cedar, dates, plums, French café, earth notes, and sandalwood.
Finished elegantly on the waning palate, supple subtleties, and a well-integrated 14.9% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my rare spice-rubbed Angus rib-eye.
One of the best Cabernet Sauvignon wines in my short list of Cabs.
Groth Vineyards, why it's a "go to" winery.
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