Spottswoode Winery

707-963-0134 1902 Madrona Avenue
St Helena, CA 94574
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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 Read more »

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    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2003

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    Wine review by Ddeporte


  • Sometimes it's funny how a sort of group unconsciousness seems to permeate the blogosphere. Just last week I was commenting on the "progress" the wine world has seen over the past decades while writing up my notes on a recent Spottswoode vertical and then again this past week during a vertical tasting with Laurel Glen's Patrick Campbell, similar... Read More

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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

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    A youthful nose of jammy red currant fruit, toast, vanilla and milk chocolate greets the nose. Sweetly fruited on entry with lots of oak that adds a touch of bitterness in the mouth and gritty tannins to the finish. Theres nice fruit here, its a bit simple and the wine is youthfully clumsy but this shows some potential for future improvement. 86pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Spottswoode Cabernet 1997

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    Woody and volatile on the nose with minty, toasty aromas and not much fruit. Tactile in the mouth, thick, soft and a bit hot but packed with the soft, broad fruit that has become the standard for Napa Valley. The fruit is really sticky and it clings to the mouth on the long finish but there is very little detail or complexity here. Theres no ac... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1995

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    Cool and layered on the nose with black cherry fruit accented by notes of leather, blood, and a toasty oak underlay. With time this gains mint and gentle floral top notes. Clean and fresh in the mouth with clarity and purity to the core of liquory wild cherry fruit. Menthol top notes add some complexity and earth and wood spice tones on the mode... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1994

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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 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 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1993

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    A bit of mushroom and green spice early on blows off to reveal beautifully fruity red cherry and currant fruit with gentle accents of tea and wood spice. In the mouth this is soft and broad with ripe tannins and lovely, rich, fresh red fruits. There are mocha accents and some nice spice top notes that follow through along with the fruit on the ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1992

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    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 el... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1991

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    A bit brothy on the nose with celery salt, chili powder and dried onion notes that clear up somewhat with air but remain accenting the faded black currant fruit. Smooth and silky in the mouth with a touch of tomato acting as a foil to the slightly stick black cherry fruit. The balance here is quite fine and the fruit remains clear and obvious, i... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1990

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    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... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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