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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  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Sauvignon

  • Albariño

    History of the grape: Legend has it that Cluny monks from Burgundy brought the parentage of the grape, either Rieslin...

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  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1990


    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

  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1988


    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 wi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1987


    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 tog... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1986


    Cedary and spicy on the nose with a nice floral top note to the crisp black fruits. Theres 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 ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1985


    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 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1984


    A touch of stemminess adds complexity to some faded black currant fruit that is edged with hints of ash and toasted chili. In the mouth this is acid driven and a bit lean with tobacco and spice flavors in a lean, drying package. The tannins are powdery and tactile here and while this does show flashes of fruit it is limping across the finish lin... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1983


    Clean and crisp on the nose with a hint of spicy black fruit and a tarry core. At first this seems a bit soft in the mouth with some angular tannin lending the mid-palate an austere character. A bit of time in the glass allows some nice currant/raspberry fruit to emerge and while the tannins remain austere the wines gains nice balance and finish... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1982


    Tobacco and mushroom on the nose with slight underlying fruitiness that has a dusty leather edge. With air this definitely gains a savory sweetness like hoisin sauce. There is still some nice fruit here in the early going but it fades fairly quickly in the glass. The finish is short at first and acid driven but while the fruit fades here the tex... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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  • Spottswoode. It’s a name, particularly when paired with Cabernet ... ... when Mary Novak founded the Spottswoode Winery and enlisted tony Soter to begin producing their eponymous estate wine. The inaugural vintage was their 1982 Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine I was fortunate to taste this evening. Tony Soter when on to become a legendary winemaker... Read More

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