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Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Toasty oak, sweet vanilla and jammy black currants fill the nose. This is overtly sweet smelling. A bit thick and very creamy in the mouth with high alcohol showing through and a very extracted, bitter, soft mid-palate that while full of anonymous black fruit shows no detail or elegance. 80pts

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Spottswoode Winery:
Spottswoode is a family-owned historic vineyard and winery renowned for its exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. Established in 1882 by George Schonewald, the estate is distinguished by the historic Victorian home depicted on the Spottswoode label. Spottswoode was christened by Mrs. Albert Spotts, who owned the property from 1910 until its purchase in 1972 by Mary Weber Novak and her late husband, D... Read more
Spottswoode is a family-owned historic vineyard and winery renowned for its exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. Established in 1882 by George Schonewald, the estate is distinguished by the historic Victorian home depicted on the Spottswoode label. Spottswoode was christened by Mrs. Albert Spotts, who owned the property from 1910 until its purchase in 1972 by Mary Weber Novak and her late husband, Dr. Jack Novak. The first Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon was produced in 1982, exactly one hundred years after the estate’s founding. Today, two of Mary’s daughters, Beth and Lindy, work for the family winery that each year releases four very special wines: the Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc, Lyndenhurst Cabernet Sauvignon and the recently-introduced Field Book Rhone. The Novak family is committed to producing wines that faithfully reflect their grape origins. Each Spottswoode wine is known for its refined elegance, balance, and classic structure. Dedicated stewards of their property, the Novaks have farmed organically since 1985 and have pioneered the restoration of their local watershed. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
2.00 5
Vintage: 1994 04/08/2011

Toasty oak, sweet vanilla and jammy black currants fill the nose. This is overtly sweet smelling. A bit thick and very creamy in the mouth with high alcohol showing through and a very extracted, bitter, soft mid-palate that while full of anonymous black fruit shows no detail or elegance. 80pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.00 5
Vintage: 1992 04/08/2011

Clean and fresh on the nose with minty black currant fruit and gentle cedar accents. Nicely resolved in the mouth feeling softened but not dulled with crisp tannins supporting the slightly chocolaty, minty core of black fruits. This really has nice fruit and while it turns a bit tough on the back end it retains fine focus and has an appealing elegance to it. 90pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
3.50 5
Vintage: 1990 04/08/2011

Cedary oak on the nose with leafy black fruits, cinnamon spice, black currants and coffee tones. Drying tannins in the mouth with a hint of molasses early on yielding to a core of sweet blackberry fruit. The structure is balanced, and the wine finishes with a nice red cherry note. This has all the parts of a typical Napa Cab but it somehow fails to fully come together. 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
2.00 5
Vintage: 1988 04/08/2011

Aromatically restrained with lots of tobacco and some cinnamon spice accenting fading cherry fruit. Bright and fresh on entry with a shallow mid-palate that is quite eucalyptus/antiseptic scented. The tannins emerge on the backend and give this a lean, dry, somewhat Bordelaise feel but there is no fruit to help balance the structure. A tough wine. 82pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
3.50 5
Vintage: 1987 04/08/2011

Sweet with dried fruit, sweet herbs, and coffee on the nose lifted by some VA. Open on entry though a bit soft and hollow up front. The fruit is still here, black currant framed with roasted peppers, and this firms up a bit on the back end finishing with good length and some elegance to the earthy toned finale but it never fully pulls itself together. 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.00 5
Vintage: 1986 04/08/2011

Cedary and spicy on the nose with a nice floral top note to the crisp black fruits. There’s a touch of iron on the nose and this shows very well with restrained elegance. Layered and rich in the mouth with the ability to evolve positively over some time in the glass. The firm mid-palate displays fine mint and oak spice framed black cherry fruit in a balanced, elegant style. The finish is clipped a bit by the tannins but this comes together rather well. 90pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
0.50 5
Vintage: 1985 04/08/2011

Brothy and woodsy on the nose with notes of onion powder, dried green onion, and mint. Lean, faded, simple and hollow on the palate. This does not seem to be damaged just verging on dead. 70pts


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Member Reviews for Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Snooth User: Ddeporte
9201201
0.00 5
Vintage: 2003 08/22/2011

Great


Snooth User: Gbuck
8123885
5.00 5
Vintage: 1994 08/05/2008

Five glasses


Snooth User: joss
73889990
5.00 5
Vintage: 1992 06/04/2008

a simply wonderful wine. complex yet balanced. currant, cassis, oak, chocolate. full in the mouth with a long smooth finish. bold yet velvety.


Snooth User: MeganRI
4397565
3.50 5
Vintage: 1987 02/20/2008

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Cthesun
74618382
0.50 5
Vintage: 1986 02/13/2011

Our experience could not have been more disappointing. Upon opening, while the cork appeared fine, the bouquet was all wrong. The initial taste was interrupted by the nose when the glass was brought to the mouth. The wine was flat. We decanted it and the color was a dull garnet, with very little body. We put it aside to let it breathe and had an 2007 Continuum, then returned to the Spottswoode again, with no better result. Undrinkable. Unfortunately, Santa Rosa Fine Wines, while very sorry for our unfortunate experience, does not stand behind their offerings.


External Reviews for Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Vintage: 2003 05/24/2009

Another strong Cabernet Sauvignon from the estate vineyards, the 2003 has a dense ruby/purple color and a beautiful nose of graphite intermixed with blueberry, creme de cassis, and acacia flower. The ... Robert Parker. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2003 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


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Vintage: 1997 01/29/2009

The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon is a model of symmetry and grace deftly married with super concentrated blueberry, blackberry, and cassis flavors infused with subtle new wood. This medium to full-bodied, seamless, youthful beauty will benefit from 2-3


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Vintage: 1992 09/22/2010

The classy, rich, well-focused 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses a Chateau Margaux-like fragrance and personality. Neither overblown nor excessively extracted, it is a beautifully made, pure, cassis-dominated wine with well-integrated toasty new oak.... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1992 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


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Vintage: 1987 11/04/2011

Rich and sweet, this luscious red offers ripe plum, raisin and chocolate flavors, with full, soft tannins and great depth.--Spottswoode vertical. Drink now through 2010. 2,750 cases made. (TM) Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1987 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


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Vintage: 1986 06/24/2007

This is a polished Cabernet Sauvignon coming from the Napa Valley. With blackberry and vanilla flavors, along with underlying earthiness, this wine will go well with roasts, and even barbecues.


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Vintage: 1986 07/07/2012

A strong showing for this Cabernet, Spottswoodes 1986 exhibits a youthful, unevolved, opaque ruby/purple color with some garnet creeping in at the edge. The sweet nose of cassis, lead pencil, and toa... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1986 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


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Vintage: 1982 04/06/2010

A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1982 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml



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