Groth Oakville-Napa Valley 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, $76,49-$89.99, 96 points,
is nearly black at the core and trending Shiraz purple-red toward the broad clear rim.
A complex floral, crushed red fruit, black currant, savory spice, with a hint of dill and clove aroma entices.
Drinking beautifully now, this near full bodied red wine combines perfect acidity with surprisingly controlled tannin, both restrained and leashed (enough to bare its teeth, yet not bite).
Plentiful red and black fruit flavors are robust and delicious, but the strawberry is especially delightful as is the touch of tangy mandarin orange.
Finishes very long on a trailing palate, a touch of warmth (14.9% alcohol), red cherry liqueur, licorice, and mostly spice.
Paired perfectly with my grass-fed strip steak.
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