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2002 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 »

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Comm: 2010-2016

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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 120
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Source Jancis Robinson
Author Scotch Fool
Site / Blog   Trust Rating
Tasted On 07/03/2014
Drink Dates 2013

OK, nothing spectacular in my weak opinion.

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Author noelivan
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.765%
Tasted On 01/26/2014

An outstanding wine. Well structured with rounded tannins that hold its complexity together. Bold with subtle hints of leather. Delicious.

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Author Tj R
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.28%
Tasted On 11/03/2013
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Author Michael N594
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.828%
Tasted On 10/10/2011


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Author Yamadori
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.07%
Tasted On 07/24/2011
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Author timinsf
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Tasted On 12/31/2010
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Author Koby
Site / Blog The Wine Forum Trust Rating 97.29%
Tasted On 05/10/2010
Drink Dates 2007-2020

Exactly what I wanted and what I was expecting, how often does that happen? Color: Beautiful red edges and dark core of black and blue, still promising some youth. Right away you can tell this is an exceptional vintage by the color and some aroma flowing up just getting a visual on the color. Nose: Currants and creme de cassis, pencil shavings; all constantly fight for dominance and change over the 5 hours the wine was open and consumed (decanted 3 hours). Some violets and sweet oak throw secondary aromas. Palate: The aromas unfold as flavors wonderfully and are cradled in a superb tannic and acid structure. Fine but taught tannins frame a beautifully pure palate of cassis, currants, and black cherry. Minimal, but the spice and oak are well integrated. Classic Napa, classic Cabernet. Cheers to the ladies of Spottswoode!

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