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A few years back we had regular dinners with some like-minded friends at which we would take turns embarrassing all present by tasting blind. One evening we tasted an absolutely stellar bottle of "Cabernet, definitely Cab"; "Must be left-bank, from a good vintage"; "Yes - maybe 1982 - a good Second Growth - maybe Ducru". And so on, until the wine was revealed to be: Spring Mountain Cabernet 1977. At that time we would have expected to be knocked-over by Ridge Montebello or some other classic, but Spring Mountain was a really happy surprise. Right now we view the 1970s and 1980s as a golden age in California, when beating the French at their own game was the goal,and wine made for high scores seems to have been a thing of the future. It's good news that a new generation of Californians are making exciting wine again, and it's good news that you can still sample some terrific wines of the past - often for less than the cost of the current release.

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Groth 1985 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

It's a pleasure to check in on these non-superstar California Cabernets. One's expectations for Monte Bello, Montelena, Mayacamas, and Diamond Creek are justifiably high; there are loads of pleasant surprises in the second rank. Oakville's Groth counts among these. Founded by an Atari executive in 1982, Groth specialized in Cabernets which married richness and elegance.

The 1985 Groth Cabernet is remarkably fresh. There is moderate bricking on the meniscus with a ruby center. Aromatically, there are layers of berry, plum, cedar, and spices. The tannins are resolved and the wine is supple and rich, but focused with lively acidity. There is still plenty of fruit and the finish is quite long and complex. Really great energy here! Enjoy after a brief decant with grilled New York strip or lamb loin chops.

 

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