Spottswoode

Family Estate Grown St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon

9.31592 ratings
9.2507 pro ratings
St. Helena, 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
Antonio Galloni

Founder, Vinous

9.6

Just glorious. Have loved this wine every time I have tasted it so far. Great depth of fruit, but also has terrific freshness and verve. One of the wines of the vintage. Tasted during our St. Helena & Conn Valley Vinous Learn masterclass.

Just glorious. Have loved this wine every time I have tasted it so far. Great depth of fruit, but also has terrific freshness and verve. One of the wines of the vintage. Tasted during our St. Helena & Conn Valley Vinous Learn masterclass.

Jul 12th, 2020
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

9.1

Quarter century!

Quarter century!

Jun 1st, 2020
Tracy Hall

Pop and pour but better on day 2 and 3. So decant or wait.

Pop and pour but better on day 2 and 3. So decant or wait.

Apr 17th, 2020
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