This wine is sourced from a unique block in the heart of the appellation and the producer's 165-acre estate, rich in sedimentary rock fragments of quartz and fossils. It's lush and soft on the palate, with leather, ripe red berry and cassis flavors. The tannins are strong and wrapped tenaciously around the fruit, requiring further time in bottle; drink 2020–2028. *Cellar Selection* (VB)
Remarkably rich and well-made, with a taut, dense core of earthy anise and black licorice notes woven into currant and blackberry elements. Once settled, the flavors expand and lift, imparting a sense of elegance and finesse without losing the tannic backbone. Best from 2020 through 2034. (JL)
If hardly a soft and open wine and one that similarly inclines to the toughness that ultimately wins out in its sibling reviewed just below, Groth's Reserve bottling is far deeper and better filled with more than enough fruity stuffing holding its ample tannins at bay. It is an authoritative and very explicit Cabernet Sauvignon of great substance and structure, and, while it will take a good eight to ten years to coalesce and find full expression, it is a wine to lay away without hesitation, and it will be drinking very well a generation hence. *Two Stars*
Groth's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve packs a serious punch. Wild cherry, smoke, tobacco, herbs and cedar are some of the notes that give the wine its distinctive, pungent personality. The tannins need time to soften, so readers should not be in any hurry here. Today, the 2013 Reserve is distinctly burly and powerful in style. It will be interesting to see if a little more finesse develops in the coming years. (AG) 91+
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