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Professional Ratings: 95 Wine Spectator, 91 Wine Enthusiast
Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 101527
We have hit another "home run" for the Groth Reserve program with the 2006 vintage. Our inaugural "return release" of the 2005 Reserve was a smashing success and the 2006 Reserve continues as a stunning reminder of how special our Reserve program is. For sixteen vintages, from 1983 to 1999, the grapes from Block 1 at our Oakville "home" vineyard produced grapes that made exquisite and memorable Reserve wines. The Reserve block was replanted in 2000 to new rootstocks, new clones, a new training/trellising system and a new vine row orientation. The result of this huge investment in time, energy and resources can be easily seen in our two initial offerings of this stupendous wine.
Pure, rich and focused, full-bodied and concentrated, showing firm black cherry and blackberry fruit, with black olive, sage, dusty earth and mineral hints. Gains depth and complexity, with a long, persistent finish. Best from 2010 through 2017. 1,500 cases made.
Not very pleasant now due to the sharpness and bitterness of the texture, as well as the wood tannins that come from aging in 100% new oak. The flavors are of primary fruit blackberries, cherries and black currants. This is a big wine now lacking in polish, but it should develop in the cellar and begin to acquire bottle bouquet after 2012, continuing to glide through 2018 or so.