Wine Spectator 93 points - 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.-J.L..August/2016
Wine Enthusiast 93 points - 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..Virginie Boone, May/2017
Vinous 91+ points - 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..Antonio Galloni, December/2016
The 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon shows the intrinsic black stone fruit nuances and the elegant tannin structure that define the Oakville, Napa Valley-floor Cabernet.
The 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has clean, rich aromas with great complexity; it shows prominent notes of cedar, dried cherries and sweet vanilla along with hints of warm summer blackberries, ripe dark plum, forest humus and a touch of thyme. The flavors open with a smooth entry and build quickly with loads of fine grain tannins giving a very broad mouthfeel. All this structure is backed up with a nice firm acidity, bright red currant and ripe dark cherry fruit, as well as more subtle impressions of cocoa, oak spice and savory herbs. Cameron Parry, Director of Winegrowing