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Spottswoode

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2016 Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc  (North Coast) 88

With an intriguing orange note to the lemongrass, honeydew and grapefruit, the wine is fresh, sweet, round and ready to go.

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2014 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Lyndenhurst  (St. Helena) 89

Medium bodied and light on its feet, this classically styled wine focuses on the freshness on the fruit, with added nuances of cocoa and dusty tannins in the finish. This is ready for consumption.

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2014 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate  (St. Helena) 96

Just a super wine, with layers of ripe, fresh, sweet, juicy, dark red and black fruits. Luscious in texture, but still able to retain and balance and the right amount of acidity, the wine feels, tastes and smells great! It should age nicely in the cellar.

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2013 Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc  (North Coast) 90

Fresh, bright crisp, piquant grapefruit, lemon peel and rocky, tastes and textures show through here. Acidic, fresh and refreshing, the wine cuts a nice, straight path on your palate.

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2012 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate  (St. Helena) 95

Stylish, polished, lush and fresh, the wine has an earthy, smoke filled personality with additional nuances of licorice and sweet, ripe, blackberries. Forward with round tannins, this should drink well young and as other vintages have proved, age quite nicely.

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2012 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Lyndenhurst  (St. Helena) 87

Forward, early drinking, medium bodied, fresh wine, with a dark cherry personality that is meant for easy drinking pleasure.

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2011 Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc  (North Coast) 91

From a blend of 65% Sauvignon Blanc and 35% Sauvignon Musque. This could be the first time Semillon was not included in the blend. Honeydew melon, grapefruit, citrus and stone scents open to a fresh, bright, sweet, citrus filled finish

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2010 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate  (St. Helena) 98

Inky in color, dense, rich and concentrated, the wine coats your mouth with layer after layer of polished, velvety, sweet, perfectly ripe black and blue fruits with licorice. The lush, supple finish really leaves an impression.

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2009 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate  (St. Helena) 94

Aged in 69% new, French oak for 20 months, the wine is produced from a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Forest floor, truffle, cassis, blackberry and wet earth aromas open to a fresh, luxurious style of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine offers a juicy, mouthful of bitter chocolate, cassis, spice and black cherry on the palate.

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Spottswoode is on fire lately! 2009 is no exception with its showy nose packed with truffles, chocolate, licorice and black and blue fruits. Silky, soft and plush in texture, the wine finishes with an expansive, fresh, polished, black cherry finish.

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2008 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate  (St. Helena) 93

Medium/full bodied and on the elegant, refined side of the style range, there is good freshness, purity of fruit and smoky, earthy blackberries to please the palate. But the same level of refinement and plush, polished fruits found in the best vintages is not present.

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2007 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate  (St. Helena) 98

Inky in color, the perfume explodes with smoke, boysenberry, caramel, blackberry, chocolate, spice, blueberry and plum. This beautiful expression of California Cabernet Sauvignon coats your mouth, teeth, gums and palate with layers of perfectly ripe, luscious, soft, pure fruit. Thick, rich, harmonious and opulent, there is not a hard edge in the seamless finish. Drink it or age it, this is what California does best.

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From a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, this sublime California Cabernet Sauvignon pops with aromas of fresh blueberries, blackberry jam, earth, spice with coffee bean and vanilla. While concentrated with multiple layers of ripe fruit, this is not over the top. Everything is in balance. With opulent, rich textures and a long, fresh, deep, ripe, rich, dark berry finish, this the best wine I've tasted from Spottswoode. Based on still having vintages from 1994 forward in my cellar, this should age and improve for at least 20 years.

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2006 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate  (St. Helena) 93

Powerful, full bodied and concentrated with ripe, chewy, juicy, chewy Cabernet fruit, the wine offers ample licorice, cassis, smoke, espresso bean, blackberry, vanilla and earthy notes along with opulent, round textures and a deep, polished, ripe, dark fruit filled finish.

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2005 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate  (St. Helena) 95

From 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, this rich, ripe, delicious wine pops with luscious blackberry, blueberry and black cherries, fresh brewed coffee and earth. Rich in texture, long, fresh, supple and clean, drink it or age it. Either way, this is a great style of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon wine.

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2002 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Spottswoode Estate Vineyard  (Napa Valley) 96

Inky dark in color, scents of chocolate covered boysenberries, coffee, truffle, licorice and blueberry waft from the glass. Opulent, intense, concentrated and deep, this California Cabernet Sauvignon wine is packed and stacked with pure, ripe, juicy, sweet, fresh, jammy dark berries and chocolate, in the hedonistic finish. This is drinking perfectly today. There is no reason to wait on popping a bottle.

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1997 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley) 91

Faded from its glory years, the wine straddles the fence between the classic old school, Napa styled wines and those produced in the modern age. With an earthy, dusty, olive and tobacco tint to the sweet cherries and licorice, there is a softness to the wine, but the fruit is only going to fade from here.

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Light on the nose, with serious effort, tobacco, cassis, spice and earthy notes could be found. Soft in texture, this fully mature wine ends with a round, plummy finish. I imagine this has started to fade and lost its fruit.

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1994 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley) 91

The first bottle was drying out. Having had this wine several times, (as I’m lucky to have some in my cellar) that clearly was not a correct bottle. The second bottle was an entirely different wine, although it was also starting to dry out. But fortunately, it was not nearly as advanced. Showing the bright, red side of the style range, along with earthy, tobacco, cherry and cedar wood notes. The wine seems to have exchanged its soft, polished personality for some austerity in the finish. I’d drink this sooner than later.

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It's lush with a backbone. The style, texture, ripeness and alcohol levels remind me of a Bordeaux.

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1986 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley) 90

Typical, classic, charming California Cabernet Sauvignon that would do well in a blind tasting with Bordeaux requires consumption before it drops its fruit and charm.

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