Spottswoode

Family Estate Grown St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon

9.31567 ratings
9.2503 pro ratings
St. Helena, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

9.0

Tasting group. My 4th, group 2nd. Cinnamon, confected (frosting!), hint of reduction, cherry jam. Very developed.

Tasting group. My 4th, group 2nd. Cinnamon, confected (frosting!), hint of reduction, cherry jam. Very developed.

Mar 17th, 2020
Jay Eagan

Absolutely beautiful Cabernet that after a 3 hour decant was a drinking so well!

Absolutely beautiful Cabernet that after a 3 hour decant was a drinking so well!

Jan 1st, 2020
Jay Eagan

Elegance balance and structure - this Spottswoode is epic. Latour-ish!

Elegance balance and structure - this Spottswoode is epic. Latour-ish!

Dec 1st, 2019
Dr. Owen Bargreen

The 2016 ‘Estate’ Cabernet Sauvignon is a stunning blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, with 6% Petit Verdot. Needing a one hour decant to fully awaken, the 2016 ‘Estate’ Cabernet Sauvignon slowly unveils deep Turkish coffee, creme de cassis, cocoa powder and sweet pipe tobacco aromas with lighter suggestions of blueberry pie and graphite that all meld in the glass. The palate is dense and powerful yet shows a wonderful restraint and vibrant sense of tension that runs through the core of the wine. Moderate tannins frame the dense dark currant jelly, mocha, black tea, anise, exotic spice and herbal undertones round out this expressive palate. Fantastic and literally thrilling in its youth, the 2016 ‘Estate’ Cabernet Sauvignon will provide drinking enjoyment for the next two plus decades. Drink 2020-2040- 96

The 2016 ‘Estate’ Cabernet Sauvignon is a stunning blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, with 6% Petit Verdot. Needing a one hour decant to fully awaken, the 2016 ‘Estate’ Cabernet Sauvignon slowly unveils deep Turkish coffee, creme de cassis, cocoa powder and sweet pipe tobacco aromas with lighter suggestions of blueberry pie and graphite that all meld in the glass. The palate is dense and powerful yet shows a wonderful restraint and vibrant sense of tension that runs through the core of the wine. Moderate tannins frame the dense dark currant jelly, mocha, black tea, anise, exotic spice and herbal undertones round out this expressive palate. Fantastic and literally thrilling in its youth, the 2016 ‘Estate’ Cabernet Sauvignon will provide drinking enjoyment for the next two plus decades. Drink 2020-2040- 96

Nov 17th, 2019
Ki Punwar

Owner, California Wine Republic

9.3

Wonderful example of an aged California Cabernet; Spottswoode is so good year in and year out. 32 years old and still going strong. Tasted at California Winemasters Cystic Fibrosis benefit

Wonderful example of an aged California Cabernet; Spottswoode is so good year in and year out. 32 years old and still going strong. Tasted at California Winemasters Cystic Fibrosis benefit

May 26th, 2019
Tobin Trevarthen

Dark ruby. Decanted for an hour. Magical evolution with every taste. Just kept getting better. Bing cherry and boysenberry. Mid palette finish. This one will only get better with time.

Dark ruby. Decanted for an hour. Magical evolution with every taste. Just kept getting better. Bing cherry and boysenberry. Mid palette finish. This one will only get better with time.

May 18th, 2019
Bill Bender

Some bricking, garnet with orange on the edge. Dried red fruit, fig, leather and fun musty old CA Cab flavors. Nearly resolved tannins but the acidity is there and completely smooth tasty sailing.

Some bricking, garnet with orange on the edge. Dried red fruit, fig, leather and fun musty old CA Cab flavors. Nearly resolved tannins but the acidity is there and completely smooth tasty sailing.

Apr 13th, 2019
Bill Bender

Heavy tannins at 9 years but also significant fruit purity and depth. An astonishingly well made wine. Enjoy now or reward yourself with patience. 5 years will ratchet this up approachability wise two fold.

Heavy tannins at 9 years but also significant fruit purity and depth. An astonishingly well made wine. Enjoy now or reward yourself with patience. 5 years will ratchet this up approachability wise two fold.

Feb 22nd, 2019
Brent Clayton

Mind blown. Amazing nose just overwhelmed by sandalwood. The fruit is dark and ripe, very youthful, with great acidity on the finish. Amazing!

Mind blown. Amazing nose just overwhelmed by sandalwood. The fruit is dark and ripe, very youthful, with great acidity on the finish. Amazing!

Feb 17th, 2019
Matt Lasater

Not my favorite showing, I suspect this is just having an off day. Elegant, yes, but seemed a little slouched to me.

Not my favorite showing, I suspect this is just having an off day. Elegant, yes, but seemed a little slouched to me.

Nov 14th, 2018