Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

2003 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon – Bottle Notes

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.

Crimson in color. 14.1% ABV Stunning nose of red and black fruits, smoke and graphite. Rich, plush and full bodied. Opulent and well balanced. Blackberries, black currants, creme de cassis and plums on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long and seamless with gritty tannins. Just an absolutely delicious Cabernet Sauvignon. Best over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 95 points.

The 2017 version of Spottswoode is currently available for a little over $200 per bottle.

I blogged about Spottswoode previously in Overlooked Wines from Great Producers.

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