Spoto Wines

Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

9.67 ratings
9.51 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Henrik Poulsen

Sampled 4/29/2019 at “Taste of Oakville”.
94+ pts.

Sampled 4/29/2019 at “Taste of Oakville”.
94+ pts.

May 12th, 2019
Martin G Rivard

Simply stellar., Rockstar pull in any other night but it was unanimously voted #3. a beast in sheeps clothing l. This will emerge as a pretty butterfly in a few years!!
Freaking awesome!!

Simply stellar., Rockstar pull in any other night but it was unanimously voted #3. a beast in sheeps clothing l. This will emerge as a pretty butterfly in a few years!!
Freaking awesome!!

Apr 21st, 2018
Mark Flesher

@Delectable Wine this is the 2016 Family Reserve but not Ashe.

The 2016 Spoto Family Reserve is packed with power and youthful exuberance. I was honored to be able to give this one a drive today. This wine was popped and sampled, slow-oxed for 6 hours, and then decanted for another 2 hours. This definitely woke up this monster and got it going. This is a red-fruit dominant, full-bodied behemoth that will stay for 20 years in your cellar. Lighter violet pour with a clear meniscus. The nose of this wine is amazing, and the poured sample really wasn't tasted for 2-3 hours because I kept coming back to the nose on this wine. Smells like a pastry shop around the holidays and has a touch of a wildflower garden if you huff this one long enough. Tne entry of this wine is dominanted by black cherry, red currants, red licorice, bing cherries, red-hot spices, cinnamon, hint of fig. Very bright acidity and loaded with tons of power throughout. Finishes with young oak, stiff but punchy tannic character, tapping you on the shoulder and saying "Yeah, I'm this good now, but you should come back to the others you bought in a few years." This wine is dressed to impress. Rating: 98+

@Delectable Wine this is the 2016 Family Reserve but not Ashe.

The 2016 Spoto Family Reserve is packed with power and youthful exuberance. I was honored to be able to give this one a drive today. This wine was popped and sampled, slow-oxed for 6 hours, and then decanted for another 2 hours. This definitely woke up this monster and got it going. This is a red-fruit dominant, full-bodied behemoth that will stay for 20 years in your cellar. Lighter violet pour with a clear meniscus. The nose of this wine is amazing, and the poured sample really wasn't tasted for 2-3 hours because I kept coming back to the nose on this wine. Smells like a pastry shop around the holidays and has a touch of a wildflower garden if you huff this one long enough. Tne entry of this wine is dominanted by black cherry, red currants, red licorice, bing cherries, red-hot spices, cinnamon, hint of fig. Very bright acidity and loaded with tons of power throughout. Finishes with young oak, stiff but punchy tannic character, tapping you on the shoulder and saying "Yeah, I'm this good now, but you should come back to the others you bought in a few years." This wine is dressed to impress. Rating: 98+

Dec 21st, 2020
Brenda Terzich-Garland

A family reserve 2004 Cabernet. What a treat from the Spoto Family Library! Purplish red ruby color. The nose has an initial cream brûlée scent, then bursts with black fruit, green veggie, earthy spices. Taste—definite blackberry fruit, tobacco smoke , chocolate and spices linger. Medium, but sweet tannins and velvety smooth in the mouth with a long finish. Could age more as the overall taste is still fresh for being 15 years old.

A family reserve 2004 Cabernet. What a treat from the Spoto Family Library! Purplish red ruby color. The nose has an initial cream brûlée scent, then bursts with black fruit, green veggie, earthy spices. Taste—definite blackberry fruit, tobacco smoke , chocolate and spices linger. Medium, but sweet tannins and velvety smooth in the mouth with a long finish. Could age more as the overall taste is still fresh for being 15 years old.

Dec 1st, 2019
Tom Garland

Double decant (decent chunky sediment) and pour. A splendiforous dark purple color, with the start of some bricking on the edge. On the nose: creme brulee, black fruit, green veggie, earthy. Taste: blackberry, smoke, pepper, chocolate, sweet but still there tannins and decent acidity keep it fresh....a velvety dense wine that goes long....believe the Family Reserve cab gets a longer time in the barrel than the Reserve cab.

Double decant (decent chunky sediment) and pour. A splendiforous dark purple color, with the start of some bricking on the edge. On the nose: creme brulee, black fruit, green veggie, earthy. Taste: blackberry, smoke, pepper, chocolate, sweet but still there tannins and decent acidity keep it fresh....a velvety dense wine that goes long....believe the Family Reserve cab gets a longer time in the barrel than the Reserve cab.

Dec 1st, 2019
Mark Flesher

2013 Spoto Family Reserve from Lauren Ashe Vineyard Secret Acre fruit. And my first time tasting this wine from a bottle I have popped myself. Rather strong concentration of milk chocolate drunken black cherry on the nose. A fair hint of sweetness right off the bat. On the palate, this wine is trending to a fuller body expression of classic Napa Cabernet but is surprisingly complex for being so young. Definitely more of the youthful exuberant not overdone style. Black cherry, Blackberry, Sandalwood, graphite, trending to the middle and finish, with much sharper angles than a 2006 Entre Nous that it was enjoyed alongside that was less obtuse and more settled down. When this one reaches the maturity of the 2006, it will no doubt have more powerful fruit to go with that rounded mouthfeel in the middle and finish. Bravo Spoto on creating a great wine from the secret acre!

2013 Spoto Family Reserve from Lauren Ashe Vineyard Secret Acre fruit. And my first time tasting this wine from a bottle I have popped myself. Rather strong concentration of milk chocolate drunken black cherry on the nose. A fair hint of sweetness right off the bat. On the palate, this wine is trending to a fuller body expression of classic Napa Cabernet but is surprisingly complex for being so young. Definitely more of the youthful exuberant not overdone style. Black cherry, Blackberry, Sandalwood, graphite, trending to the middle and finish, with much sharper angles than a 2006 Entre Nous that it was enjoyed alongside that was less obtuse and more settled down. When this one reaches the maturity of the 2006, it will no doubt have more powerful fruit to go with that rounded mouthfeel in the middle and finish. Bravo Spoto on creating a great wine from the secret acre!

Jan 27th, 2018