#4 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2019
96pts Wine Spectator
This delivers a very tightly focused, almost piercing beam of cassis, raspberry coulis and bitter cherry fruit, scored with singed alder and iron notes. Incense and tobacco details chime in on the finish. Long and refined, with the fruit leaving a sweet and mouthwatering echo. Best from 2022 through 2038.
94pts Wilfred Wong
The 2016 Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is complete from start to finish. Its layered and slightly elevated textures on the palate provide an outstanding experience. This wine shines with pleasing black fruit and slight oaky notes in its aromas and flavors. Enjoy with roast leg of lamb. (Tasted: February 21, 2020, Napa, CA)
94pts Wine Enthusiast
With 9% Merlot in the blend, this wine was given 22 months in 100% new French oak and is built to last. Softly layered in cassis, it shows lifted acidity and graceful, firm tannins. Spicy nutmeg and clove season the fruit, adding length and complexity. Enjoyed 2026–2031
93pts James Suckling
This offers attractive, ripe black-cherry and plum aromas, leading to a palate that has a plush, fleshy and supple array of smooth, soft and ripe blackcurrant flavors. This has more to come. Try from 2020.
The density of the deep-garnet color hints at the extraction in this wine. Aromas of spiced cherries dominate the alluring nose, accompanied by cassis, dark plum, and a savory touch of anise. Smooth and juicy on the entry, the palate builds quickly with full mouthfeel and bright acidity. There is a clean elegant progression of lush plum, bright cherry, tart red currant all riding on abundant but not overpowering tannin. The spiced cherries make a reappearance late in the finish. Sit with this one for a while, get to know it, and enjoy the evolution. Elegantly powerful now, this will be a real stunner in 10-15 years.— Cameron Parry, Director of Winegrowing