Spoto wines have got to be one of the more under the radar wines out of Cali. They source incredible fruit and are wonderful people. I’ve had many current vintage wines but this was a treat.
This was dominant cab (around 70’ish%) with a mix of the other Bordeaux varietals. This has turned a bit secondary and shows very Bordeaux like. Ripe red and black fruits with dates, old graham cracker, and saddle leather. There is a mushroom and herbal note on the finish here too. Drink up. Thanks @Mark Flesher — a month ago
For an entry level RYEW cab, this one really is drinking very well. First time purchasing the "non-Rock Block" cab, this one shows a lot of potential. The nose is more of a sweeter black fruit vs the Spoto, almost with a blue fruit character. Youthful. Middle has a baking spixe character. Finishes with tough oak and peppery characteristics. These wines are always locked up historically. Although I think this one started out with more fruit aromatics than the Rock Block, I still think it needs a couple of years, but don't see it lasting more than 10. — 2 months ago
You would know that in a group of Tom Kees and Alan Krenek, eventually an aged Spoto would find it's way to the table. And oh MAMA! Stuart hit a home run with this one. Black cherry nose. Entry of black cherry, mint, walnut, cola. Very complex but not a knife and fork opening. Right where it needs to be. If tasted blind, I would guess a 2012. Still has an insanely youthful profile even with a hint of sweetness on the front. The middle is complex and even more condensed black cherry and herb. Fine grit tannin. Still with some astringency but the oak tannin is softening. Amazing how youthful this wine is drinking. Still has 10 to 15 years. — 3 months ago
@Delectable Wine : This is Spoto’s Sii wine. I didn’t see it in the database.
This was opened along the ‘07 cuvée Christiane and I thought this out punched it substantially. Dominant merlot. Showing dark chocolate cocoa dusted dates, coffee grinds, and old licorice aromatics. Very plush and dense on the palate. Baked blackberry pie with cherry cordial. Wonderful, @Mark Flesher ! — a month ago
Drinks well so early. But at first this wine was quite astringent on the finish. Youthful black cherry with a hint of blackberry. Has some herbal character. Finish improved with the addition of beef fajita and became more pepper-rich. An hour of bottle decanting helped tremendously. This wine finishes with ample pepper and acidity. This wine will appreciate for 10 years and hold for 20. Power of ToKalon fruit is incredible. Powerful wine. — 2 months ago
There is something about this wine that is intriguing. I am happy this isn't my last bottle of this, and I only have one person to thank for that! From the damned 2011 vintage comes yet ANOTHER awesome wine. Very complex without being a linear and "in your face" kind of style. Pours a dusty rose to the glass. Nose of dried herb, black cherry pie, leather, cola. Entry of black cherry and herb. Middle with a nice black tea kind of note. Finishes a bit stiff. — 3 months ago
WOW. I think this one has improved from the last 1-2 years that I've tried this wine. Has integrated nicely. Served alongside a 2012 Spoto Wines Cab Sauv Private Reserve, this wine is definitely showing a nice balanced profile of aged fruit on the front, a little pepper on the finish, but JUST now starting to show some black berry and spice and dancing all over the place. Really impressed with this wine. If Shay was here, he would be able to focus down on exactly what was here. But, needless to say this wine continues to evolve and is good to go for another 10 years. — 5 months ago
@Delectable Wine this is the Spoto 2012 Oakville Malbec. It wasn't in the DB and you don't see much of this. Somehow I have managed to keep my hands off this to let it age. This malbec would have been significantly less enjoyable as I think a couple of years in bottle have helped. Nose of black fruit, fig, tar and some wildflowers. Entry of black fruit, dates, hint of fig to the middle. Medium+ bodied wine. Finishes with ample fruit. Dark and dense. Hint of smoke and meat on the finish. Medium acidity. I am going to hold my other bottle for another 5 years. — 2 months ago
@Delectable Wine this wine was not in the database. A rather interesting Rosé... I will absolutely not disagree that point. On the first night, this one had some slightly unsettling characteristics. Was more on the Band-Aid side, and sort of a note similar to wet cardboard. I almost thought that this one was corked for a while. But the wine had some very delicate Floral and herbal characteristics on the palate. Nice sharp acidity with a rounded mouthfeel and texture. Finished with the same power and acidity, just not with much fruit and overwhelmingly elasticized. This one was recorked and enjoyed about 36 hours later. What a difference! Strawberry, pink rose, red cherry, herbs, bright acidity in the front and middle. Finished with bracing acidity and even fairly significant tannic grip. Almost seemed to have a dried almond somewhere in the middle. Hopefully this is going to be a new offering for Spoto in the upcoming years...just not sure of site and style, which will probably both change a bit to make this more approachable. Nice job, Stuart! — 2 months ago
Compared to the Anthem winery LPV wine, this one has just about an identical nose. The nose of this vineyard just seems to be a "purple" kind of note. But, the wine seemed to be very different. This wine was a little on the lean side. Entered with black cherry and a hint of fig and dark chocolate in the middle. Finished with a moderate youthful tannic bite. The sweeter side of this which it probably displayed 2 or so years ago has started to soften, and is starting to allow some more interesting notes in the future. Probably one of the more balanced LPV wines I've had to date without a doubt, but it failed to hit the upper rung of wines today. The Rudd Samantha's and 2005 Spoto Private Reserve stole the show. Regarding this wine, I think it's probably a good idea to lock it up for 5 years to see what it has in 2023. Considering what people pay for these bottles, you've got nothing to lose by aging it in this case. — 3 months ago