Spottswoode

Spottswoode

Napa County Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc vertical 2006-2018. Personal favorites from this line up were ‘06, ‘08, ‘12, ‘16, ‘18. — 8 days ago

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Chateau Montelena

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1983

En Magnum. This wine just seemed very different. Not sure this is what I was really expecting from an 83 Montelena even from Magnum. I don't think I was expecting it to taste like a 2010 Spottswoode. Had almost a Bordeaux character to it, which I guess I'm really not surprised at all about that. At first, this wine was FUN-KY!!!! Was itching to get down to business though. Nose was mushroom, fig, cedar, anise. Palate was eventually consistent with the nose but the middle and finish is where this gained a substantial amount of aged blackberry and toasted oak. I really can't say that this wine was a show stopper, but it definitely got my attention in a slightly different way than I was expecting. If you have any of these in 750 or mag, I'd say it's time to start drinking them!! — 3 months ago

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I didn’t get to this until it was 3/4 gone, and evidently, that worked to my benefit as this needed some time to blow funk off. When I got to it, it screamed Bordeaux to its core with a bit of flare. This would have been a dead ringer (in my opinion) for a highly classified growth from the left bank. Worn saddle leather, old blackberry and cassis, herbal twang and clay driven. There was definitely a touch of mushroom/age to it upfront, but the mid palate of this was doing just fine. I think these are best enjoyed now as they aren’t getting better. Thanks for opening @Mark Flesher .
9.3

Domaine Fouassier

Les Chasseignes Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Continuing the Sancerre rage. This one is fruit forward and floral, very reminiscent of a Cali style (think Spottswoode). It would definitely be a crowd pleaser for those unfamiliar with the French style. — 8 months ago

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Spottswoode

Family Estate Grown St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Ready Eddie, black cherries, smooth acid, very good,aka delicious — 10 days ago

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Schrader Cellars

Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

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Magnum 2002 Schrader To-Kalkin Beckstoffer CS. Bday dinner for R at Rep. Decanted for a while before serving. Served alongside the magnum ‘97 Spottswoode. We preferred Spottswoode, as this wine was massive. — a month ago

Chateau Montelena

The Montelena Estate Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon 1996

It was between this and the 1987 Spottswoode. Glad I chose this one. This is a black fruit dominated wine that actually had a rather sweet nose even after 2 hours of popping the cork. There is still so much youth here, but the middle shows an extremely mature integration that only time I can give these wines. Some herbs showing here in the middle. Super impressed, and this one is drinking extremely well. It is not showing the aged black fruit profile that lots of wines of this year are starting to show. If served blind, I would have guessed this was a 2005. Finishes soft, with excellent tanic integration. I still think this bottle would appreciate over the next couple of years, and then it will be at peak for who-knows-how-long. Wow. — 5 months ago

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A very beautiful wine from Mark. Strong, powerful and pushed forward throughout the 2hrs it was open. As a personal preference, even though I enjoy Napa cabs on the younger side, I really can’t enjoy these unless they’ve got 10+yrs on them. In the glass, this was dominated by dark and ripe red fruit. Very little leather, but it definitely has Bordeaux like characteristics on the palate. A certain brambly & old fig note too. Bay leaf, cherry vanilla pipe tobacco, and an herbal finish. Surprisingly dense on the mid palate. Youthful tannins. Plenty of life ahead here!
9.5

Spottswoode

Lyndenhurst Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Loaded with dark fruit and enough tannin to keep this wine strong but somehow delicate and extremely well balanced. Amazing — a month ago

Matthiasson

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Classic Napa Cab not over the top - more like Corison or Spottswoode. May 2019. — 2 months ago

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Christian Moueix

Ulysses Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2012

Pulled a Ulysses ‘12 and a Spottswoode ‘14 for us tonight after a long work week. — 5 months ago

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Caymus Vineyards

Special Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

Compared to a Spottswoode 06, this one seemed to have similarities but and it was over all this one has more tobacco and slightly less of the dark mature raspberry and black cherry. However, this one even after an hour was still a little disjointed and out of balance. I don't know if this is just on the decline or maybe a little bottle variation. I'd think about drinking this. — 7 months ago

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Agree with Mark in terms of comparing against the Spottswoode. Main note here was pipe tobacco. Ripe red, black and blue fruits aromatics. Fig, currant, sweet plum and blackberry preserves. This is definitely drink now before the fruit dies out. All in all, still a nice wine
9.3