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95+ points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): Spottswoode's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon flows across the palate with gorgeo...Read more...
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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 hig... Read more
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 w... Read more
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 molasse... Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Spottswoode Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
a simply wonderful wine. complex yet balanced. currant, cassis, oak, chocolate. full in the mouth with a long smooth finish. bold yet velvety.
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 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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
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
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
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
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.
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
95+ points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): Spottswoode's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon flows across the palate with gorgeous depth and purity. Warm hints of mocha, espresso, exotic spices and plums blossom in the glass in this dark, voluptuous Cabernet. The 2010 is surprisingly open at this stage... This stunning wine remains incredibly primary, but it promises to drink well for several decades. Graphite, menthol and violets are layered into the precise, delineated finish. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2039. (Dec 2012)
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