Groth Vineyards & Winery is located in Oakville in the Napa region of California. The winery produces four wines: a Chardonnay, a Sauvignon Blanc, a Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve.
The 2006 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon was 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot. The wine was aged in French oak barrels (50% new / 50% old) for 20 months. The wine’s listed ABV was 14.9%.
Recently, I was having dinner with my neighbors (yes, those wonderful neighbors again!) at Del Frisco’s in NYC. My neighbor selected a bottle of 2007 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon to accompany our meal. The wine steward returned to our table empty handed and informed us they were out of the Groth. We moved on to another selection, but I made a mental note to keep an eye out for Groth, as I had never tasted it.
Two weeks later, I came across the 2006 Groth Caabernet Sauvignon in Wine Sellers. I picked up two bottles and tasted them on separate evenings over the past week. My notes were consistent on both sittings.
Prior to sampling, the wine was decanted for 2 hours.
The color of the wine was a deep, black cherry red.
The prominent aromas from the glass were black fruit, blueberry, and cloves. The mixture of blueberry and cloves was quite enticing.
A sip found a full bodied wine packed with black fruit. Plum and blueberry combined with pepper for a terrific sensation. The tannins were very well integrated.
The finish was long with black fruit and pepper tapering off ever so slowly.
This wine went superbly with a variety of grilled meats, including everything from a steak to a cheeseburger to barbecued chorizo (hey, it was Memorial Day!). Any grilled or roasted red meat will compliment it nicely.
The 2006 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon cost me $55. It is a great buy (and tasty!) for wines in that price range. This was a wonderful Oakville Cab that I look forward to sipping again in the near future. I hope you have the opportunity to do so as well.