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Spottswoode Vineyard Family Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon St Helena Napa 2011

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2011 was a truly unique vintage. Wonderful wet weather in winter and into spring allowed for ample early vine growth, and we enjoyed glorious weather until late May, allowing for a healthy fruit set in the Spottswoode Estate Vineyard. We then experienced an unusual rain event in early June, after which temperatures throughout the summer were unusually cool, with extended periods of fog in the morning evolving into moderate, beautiful afternoons. Just before harvest, Mother Nature dealt us one last bout of rain, which delayed picking. The vineyard showed its resilience and we harvested beautiful fruit without major complications. It is our firm belief that our precise, hands-on management and our rich, healthy, organic soils, farmed with minimal tillage, allow us to mitigate the most extreme weather conditions, and contribute to the balance and exceptional quality of our estate Cabernet Sauvignon, year after year. The 2011 Cabernet is captivating—beautifully capturing the essence of the Spottswoode Estate vineyard in this cooler-than-normal vintage. Our winemaker’s descriptors include, “ripe black cherry, blackberry, nutmeg, dark chocolate, juicy ripeness with a hint of dried sage, graphite, concentrated black tea, ripe cranberry, and bay leaf.” The fruit characters are dynamic and vivacious, sharing layers of minerality, floralness, spices and herbs. Where some vintages get their strength from pure muscle and brawn, the 2011 draws its strength from its core and its finesse—much the same way a yogi exhibits strength and balance versus a weightlifter's brute heft. - Winery SOURCE OF GRAPES: Spottswoode Estate Vineyard, Organically farmed since 1985 BLENDING DETAIL: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Cabernet Franc 3% Petit Verdot OAK PROFILE: Aged 19 months, 100% French Oak (62% new barrels) ** Only 3 in Stock **

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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

External Reviews for Spottswoode Vineyard Family Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon St Helena Napa

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
04/13/2017

2011 was a truly unique vintage. Wonderful wet weather in winter and into spring allowed for ample early vine growth, and we enjoyed glorious weather until late May, allowing for a healthy fruit set in the Spottswoode Estate Vineyard. We then experienced an unusual rain event in early June, after which temperatures throughout the summer were unusually cool, with extended periods of fog in the morning evolving into moderate, beautiful afternoons. Just before harvest, Mother Nature dealt us one last bout of rain, which delayed picking. The vineyard showed its resilience and we harvested beautiful fruit without major complications. It is our firm belief that our precise, hands-on management and our rich, healthy, organic soils, farmed with minimal tillage, allow us to mitigate the most extreme weather conditions, and contribute to the balance and exceptional quality of our estate Cabernet Sauvignon, year after year. The 2011 Cabernet is captivating—beautifully capturing the essence of the Spottswoode Estate vineyard in this cooler-than-normal vintage. Our winemaker’s descriptors include, “ripe black cherry, blackberry, nutmeg, dark chocolate, juicy ripeness with a hint of dried sage, graphite, concentrated black tea, ripe cranberry, and bay leaf.” The fruit characters are dynamic and vivacious, sharing layers of minerality, floralness, spices and herbs. Where some vintages get their strength from pure muscle and brawn, the 2011 draws its strength from its core and its finesse—much the same way a yogi exhibits strength and balance versus a weightlifter's brute heft. - Winery SOURCE OF GRAPES: Spottswoode Estate Vineyard, Organically farmed since 1985 BLENDING DETAIL: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Cabernet Franc 3% Petit Verdot OAK PROFILE: Aged 19 months, 100% French Oak (62% new barrels) ** Only 3 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/15/2018

2011 was a truly unique vintage. Wonderful wet weather in winter and into spring allowed for ample early vine growth, and we enjoyed glorious weather until late May, allowing for a healthy fruit set in the Spottswoode Estate Vineyard. We then experienced an unusual rain event in early June, after which temperatures throughout the summer were unusually cool, with extended periods of fog in the morning evolving into moderate, beautiful afternoons. Just before harvest, Mother Nature dealt us one last bout of rain, which delayed picking. The vineyard showed its resilience and we harvested beautiful fruit without major complications. It is our firm belief that our precise, hands-on management and our rich, healthy, organic soils, farmed with minimal tillage, allow us to mitigate the most extreme weather conditions, and contribute to the balance and exceptional quality of our estate Cabernet Sauvignon, year after year. The 2011 Cabernet is captivating—beautifully capturing the essence of the Spottswoode Estate vineyard in this cooler-than-normal vintage. Our winemaker’s descriptors include, “ripe black cherry, blackberry, nutmeg, dark chocolate, juicy ripeness with a hint of dried sage, graphite, concentrated black tea, ripe cranberry, and bay leaf.” The fruit characters are dynamic and vivacious, sharing layers of minerality, floralness, spices and herbs. Where some vintages get their strength from pure muscle and brawn, the 2011 draws its strength from its core and its finesse—much the same way a yogi exhibits strength and balance versus a weightlifter's brute heft. - Winery SOURCE OF GRAPES: Spottswoode Estate Vineyard, Organically farmed since 1985 BLENDING DETAIL: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Cabernet Franc 3% Petit Verdot OAK PROFILE: Aged 19 months, 100% French Oak (62% new barrels) ** Only 2 in Stock **


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Source: We Speak Wine
09/04/2014

(the blend was not quite finalized at the time of my visit): Bright ruby-red. Pungent aromas of blackberry, violet, minerals, menthol and licorice. Juicy, bright and tight, showing less flesh and depth than the stellar 2010 example. With moderate mid-palate stuffing, this young wine is dominated today by its firm tannic spine. - Stephen Tanzer 90-92 Points 2011 was a truly unique vintage. Wonderful wet weather in winter and into spring allowed for ample early vine growth, and we enjoyed glorious weather until late May, allowing for a healthy fruit set in the Spottswoode Estate Vineyard. We then experienced an unusual rain event in early June, after which temperatures throughout the summer were unusually cool, with extended periods of fog in the morning evolving into moderate, beautiful afternoons. Just before harvest, Mother Nature dealt us one last bout of rain, which delayed picking. The vineyard showed its resilience and we harvested beautiful fruit wit...


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/11/2014

2011 was a truly unique vintage. Wonderful wet weather in winter and into spring allowed for ample early vine growth, and we enjoyed glorious weather until late May, allowing for a healthy fruit set in the Spottswoode Estate Vineyard. We then experienced an unusual rain event in early June, after which temperatures throughout the summer were unusually cool, with extended periods of fog in the morning evolving into moderate, beautiful afternoons. Just before harvest, Mother Nature dealt us one last bout of rain, which delayed picking. The vineyard showed its resilience and we harvested beautiful fruit without major complications. It is our firm belief that our precise, hands-on management and our rich, healthy, organic soils, farmed with minimal tillage, allow us to mitigate the most extreme weather conditions, and contribute to the balance and exceptional quality of our estate Cabernet Sauvignon, year after year. The 2011 Cabernet is captivating—beautifully capturing the essence of the Spottswoode Estate vineyard in this cooler-than-normal vintage. Our winemaker’s descriptors include, “ripe black cherry, blackberry, nutmeg, dark chocolate, juicy ripeness with a hint of dried sage, graphite, concentrated black tea, ripe cranberry, and bay leaf.” The fruit characters are dynamic and vivacious, sharing layers of minerality, floralness, spices and herbs. Where some vintages get their strength from pure muscle and brawn, the 2011 draws its strength from its core and its finesse—much the same way a yogi exhibits strength and balance versus a weightlifter's brute heft. - Winery SOURCE OF GRAPES: Spottswoode Estate Vineyard, Organically farmed since 1985 BLENDING DETAIL: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Cabernet Franc 3% Petit Verdot OAK PROFILE: Aged 19 months, 100% French Oak (62% new barrels) ** Only 6 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
08/26/2016

2011 was a truly unique vintage. Wonderful wet weather in winter and into spring allowed for ample early vine growth, and we enjoyed glorious weather until late May, allowing for a healthy fruit set in the Spottswoode Estate Vineyard. We then experienced an unusual rain event in early June, after which temperatures throughout the summer were unusually cool, with extended periods of fog in the morning evolving into moderate, beautiful afternoons. Just before harvest, Mother Nature dealt us one last bout of rain, which delayed picking. The vineyard showed its resilience and we harvested beautiful fruit without major complications. It is our firm belief that our precise, hands-on management and our rich, healthy, organic soils, farmed with minimal tillage, allow us to mitigate the most extreme weather conditions, and contribute to the balance and exceptional quality of our estate Cabernet Sauvignon, year after year. The 2011 Cabernet is captivating—beautifully capturing the essence of the Spottswoode Estate vineyard in this cooler-than-normal vintage. Our winemaker’s descriptors include, “ripe black cherry, blackberry, nutmeg, dark chocolate, juicy ripeness with a hint of dried sage, graphite, concentrated black tea, ripe cranberry, and bay leaf.” The fruit characters are dynamic and vivacious, sharing layers of minerality, floralness, spices and herbs. Where some vintages get their strength from pure muscle and brawn, the 2011 draws its strength from its core and its finesse—much the same way a yogi exhibits strength and balance versus a weightlifter's brute heft. - Winery SOURCE OF GRAPES: Spottswoode Estate Vineyard, Organically farmed since 1985 BLENDING DETAIL: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Cabernet Franc 3% Petit Verdot OAK PROFILE: Aged 19 months, 100% French Oak (62% new barrels) ** Only 5 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/25/2016

2011 was a truly unique vintage. Wonderful wet weather in winter and into spring allowed for ample early vine growth, and we enjoyed glorious weather until late May, allowing for a healthy fruit set in the Spottswoode Estate Vineyard. We then experienced an unusual rain event in early June, after which temperatures throughout the summer were unusually cool, with extended periods of fog in the morning evolving into moderate, beautiful afternoons. Just before harvest, Mother Nature dealt us one last bout of rain, which delayed picking. The vineyard showed its resilience and we harvested beautiful fruit without major complications. It is our firm belief that our precise, hands-on management and our rich, healthy, organic soils, farmed with minimal tillage, allow us to mitigate the most extreme weather conditions, and contribute to the balance and exceptional quality of our estate Cabernet Sauvignon, year after year. The 2011 Cabernet is captivating—beautifully capturing the essence of the Spottswoode Estate vineyard in this cooler-than-normal vintage. Our winemaker’s descriptors include, “ripe black cherry, blackberry, nutmeg, dark chocolate, juicy ripeness with a hint of dried sage, graphite, concentrated black tea, ripe cranberry, and bay leaf.” The fruit characters are dynamic and vivacious, sharing layers of minerality, floralness, spices and herbs. Where some vintages get their strength from pure muscle and brawn, the 2011 draws its strength from its core and its finesse—much the same way a yogi exhibits strength and balance versus a weightlifter's brute heft. - Winery SOURCE OF GRAPES: Spottswoode Estate Vineyard, Organically farmed since 1985 BLENDING DETAIL: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Cabernet Franc 3% Petit Verdot OAK PROFILE: Aged 19 months, 100% French Oak (62% new barrels) ** Only 4 in Stock **



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