Turns out, the hours you spent playing Pac-Man, Pitfall!, and Space Invaders helped Dennis Groth afford to purchase 121 acres in Oakville. In the late 1970's, he left his accounting job to serve as the CFO of a little video game company called Atari. The rest is history.
In 1981, Dennis Groth and his wife Judy bought the 120-acre Oakcross Vineyard. They first came across the prime parcel while cresting the grade in Oakville on their way from Sonoma. They were immediately smitten by the location. The following year, they added an additional 44 acres near neighboring Yountville. Groth planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, and the family produced their first wines that year.
Groth's Cabernet Sauvignon became the first California wine to receive 100 points from Robert Parker. Since then, Groth has been showered with dozens of accolades. Year after year, this property produces some of the best and most reliable Cabernet Sauvignon fruit in the valley. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon does not disappoint.
It was a great growing year and a plentiful harvest. It shows off a beautiful dark cherry color in the glass with aroma notes of plums, dried cherries, and toasted hazelnuts. The mouthfeel is round and juicy with firm full tannins, rich fruit flavors of huckleberry and a dried cherry sweetness. All that powerful fruit eventually fades into the warm spicy finish with hints of subdued blackberry.
We suggest decanting this wine for 30 minutes before serving and anticipate that you can cellar additional bottles until 2027. We would definitely pair this wine with a steak dinner or a great Texas brisket (brisket rub recipe and brisket cooking tips on back.) It is a mouthful!