Thursday, February 23, 2006

Groth Napa Valley Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Wine Review (NW)

Fragrant, fruity nose
Jammy texture and flavors on the palate
Moderately strong tannins on the finish

At a recent dinner, I had the opportunity to taste three well-known Napa Valley wines. Of the three, this was the best. It's not a terrific wine, but it happened to be the best of the evening. With a fragrant nose and a jammy quality, it's very characteristic of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The problem is that it shows no special qualities beyond that.

The store price is approximately $50, which is relatively modest by category standards. Prices are high for Napa Valley Cab and most people are shocked to see how many cost well over $100 a bottle. For my money, I wouldn't stock up on this wine. I've had comparable Cabs for $15 and much better Cabs for $25.

In general, the 2001 vintage is worth sampling to find wines you like. Happy hunting and raise a glass!

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