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1999 Spottswoode - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer Notes

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.... More »

JR 16.5
WS 94
WA 90
IWC 92(+?)
Drink Dates
Comm: 2010-2020 WA: 2002-2016 WS: 2002-2014
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IWC 92(+?)
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 102

(aging in about 60% new oak, up from 50% previously; this is the first vintage crushed and made at the estate) Full medium ruby. Rich yet cool aromas of blackberry, violet, licorice and bitter chocolate. Dense and rich, with sharply delineated flavors of dark berries, chocolate and cedar. Offers compelling vinosity, and the structure for slow development in bottle. Finishes with fine, dusty, horizontal tannins and excellent persistence. With this vintage, all of the replanted vines are included in the blend, with the exception of a bit of cabernet franc yet to come.

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JR 16.5
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2000-2006

Bright crimson. Very sweet, fruit juice impression rather than wine on the nose! Slightly cheesey note? Pretty ripe! Then rather dry tannins. Did some grapes shrivel at all? Not the most appetising? A little inky and stringy on the finish. Very small crop. (LM)

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WA 90
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 142
Drink Dates 2002-2016

The 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon (95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc) possesses a deep purple color in addition to a restrained but intense nose of black currants intermixed with lead pencil shavings, subtle toast, and a hint of acacia flowers. This textured, elegant, medium-bodied Cabernet is Chateau Margaux-like in its elegance, gracefulness, and balanced restraint. It displays surprisingly sweet tannin for a 1999 as well as outstanding purity.

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WS 94
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2002-2014

A dazzling wine, sleek and sophisticated, with beautiful ripe fruit purity. It has rich currant, crème de cassis, light mocha and herb shadings and a silky-smooth texture that firms on the finish as the tannins make their presence more evident. 4,321 cases made.

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Author Charley
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.601%
Tasted On 12/24/2013
Drink Dates

Decanted for about 30 minutes out of the bottle. Tasted along the way, not really needed. Compared to the 01' Montelena Estate, this wine was lighter, more silky, and was more subtle. Hard to say I liked one better than the other, but this wine came right out of the bottle ready to be loved, and we did.

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Author JoelCalBear
Site / Blog   Trust Rating
Tasted On 09/20/2013

Delicious fruit, smooth and subtle spices. Decanted but still tight in first hour. Opened up nicely after.

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Author JCashman
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.837%
Tasted On 11/24/2012

Very good. Subtle, with hints of spice and leather. Ready to drink now.

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Author jsp2000
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.161%
Tasted On 08/24/2012
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Author tiberite
Site / Blog mac_h Trust Rating 94.858%
Tasted On 09/30/2011
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Author VinoDeparture
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.385%
Tasted On 10/19/2009
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Author David 429
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.667%
Tasted On 02/08/2010
Drink Dates 2010-2020

I decanted the bottle for 1 1/2 hours, put it back in the bottle, took to my friends and opened for another 1 1/2 hours. A deep ruby red wine with a beautiful nose of huge berries, wonderful soft tannins and a long one minute plus finish. A really nice wine needs some air, drinks beautifully.

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