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."
Big & Bold
The pleasure was all mine (and my wife's too)! It's hard to go wrong with a Napa Cab from Oakville. Simply stated - this was the best wine we have ever had. It was also the priciest and highest rated. Cooled it to around 60, let breath for over an hour, didn't bother to decant. Drank with extra sharp cheddar and baguette. Big legs, luscious. One thing I noticed with a wine of this caliber was that changes throughout the taste faded slowly from one taste to the next and were not abruptly experienced. I’ve never thought twice about abrupt taste changes before experiencing this one. Every part of the taste was exquisite! I would rate it a 96 or 97 pointer.