Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Typically aged 20 months in French oak, 65% new, the blend is usually 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Look for inviting aromas of blackberry syrup, ripe cherries, dried wild blueberries, and pipe tobacco intermixed with rich dark chocolate. The vintage showcases a wonderful balance of acidity, vibrancy, and powdery tannins that float on the palate with flavors of sweet vanilla, hints of molasses and baking spices. The 2009 vintage was the first time a small amount of Petit Verdot, which the estate planted in 2006, was added, enhancing their trademark deep color, while contributing a bit of additional weight and silky smooth tannins. This opulent wine has terrific density and structure making it enjoyable now, yet full of promise for great aging potential.
|Region||California, Napa Valley, St Helena|
Wine AdvocateDeep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon has a drop-dead gorgeous nose of Sichuan pepper, hoisin, peppered salami and fertile loam over a core of blackberry preserves and redcurrant jelly with touches of kirsch and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied and concentrated yet still maintaining that wonderful purity and elegance that is the signature of this estate, it has layer upon layer of earthy nuances and a very long finish.
Wine EnthusiastNuanced, with 10% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, this is a quietly powerful wine, smooth and structured and immediate in its beauty, yet possessed of legs to cellar for 20-plus years. Crushed flowers and rocks open on the nose, providing a clutch of minerality, as grippy tannins support red currant, plum and a freshness of persistent acidity. Try to wait on this one. Best 2024-2034.
Wine SpectatorWell-centered and flavorful, with a tangy mix of dark berry and cedar notes. The better of two bottles tasted. Drink now through 2030. 4,500 cases made.