Spottswoode is a family owned winegrowing estate located on the western edge of St. Helena in the Napa Valley. The 46 acre estate, established in 1882, is distinguished by the historic Victorian home depicted on the label. Its entrance is graced by classic formal gardens, while the vineyard stretches behind to the Mayacamas Mountains.
The Spottswoode Estate was bought by Jack and Mary Novak in 1972. The first Cabernet Sauvignon was produced in 1982. Spottswoode also makes an exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, a second Cabernet named Lydenhurst and a Rhone blend known as Field Book.
Dark crimson in color. 14.4% ABV. Stunning nose of black fruits, leather, molten licorice and scorched earth. Supple, plush and approachable. Medium body with resolved tannins. Currants, cassis, plums and cherries on the palate. The finish is long and silky. Delicious Cabernet Sauvignon that is ready to drink but lacking the power and concentration of great vintages like the ’01 and ’02. Best over the next year or so.
My rating: 92 points.
I blogged about Spottswoode previously in Overlooked Wines from Great Producers.