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2004 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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91
IWC 91
WS 95
WA 90
Drink Dates
WA: 2006-2021 WS: 2008-2016
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IWC 91
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 132

($110; blended with 4% cabernet franc) Full ruby-red color. Very ripe aromas of cassis, minerals, bitter chocolate, graphite, cedar and menthol. Sweet, lush and fruity; quite fat for a Spottswoode cabernet. A bit youthfully disjointed today but then this has not yet recovered from the bottling. Suppler than the '03-and not at all rustic or over the top. (On my most recent retasting of the '03, I found a bit more alcohol than the wine displayed last spring and rated the wine 90 points.)

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WA 90
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 2006-2021
Drink Dates 2006-2021

The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon was a much smaller crop at Spottswoode and the wine is relatively open but does not have the richness or mid-palate of the 2003 or their compelling 2002. Nevertheless, this is still a pretty wine with a deep ruby/purple color and a sweet nose of blueberries, black raspberries, and cassis with subtle oak and floral notes. The wine's purity, symmetry, and medium to full-bodied palate are supple and ideal for drinking now and over the next 15 or so years.

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WS 95
Source Wine Spectator
Issue Web
Drink Dates 2008-2016

Elegant and stylish, with pure, rich, vibrant and focused black cherry and blackberry fruit that's supple and polished. The aromas capture the ripe berry fruit, adding a pretty floral array, and the tannins are firm yet fine-grained. Long and persistent on the finish. One of the best from Spottswoode in recent memory. 1,532 cases made.

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Author Cussler Janet
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 87.5%
Tasted On 12/23/2012

Really. bad.

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Author Michael N594
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.828%
Tasted On 10/10/2011
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very good wine!

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Author spaniard
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Tasted On 12/28/2010

Not that great a wine, tannic and oaky with a full body nose. Paired it with roast beef and it was good, but not great.

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Author sbind
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.38%
Tasted On 08/06/2009
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