Spottswoode

Family Estate Grown St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon

9.31782 ratings
9.2530 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
Garen Staglin

Super.

Super.

Apr 7th, 2024
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

9.0

Bright and pretty, though slightly corked. 13.2% alc.! Vibrant.

Bright and pretty, though slightly corked. 13.2% alc.! Vibrant.

Jan 16th, 2023
Al Shikoh

No formal notes.

No formal notes.

Sep 5th, 2022
Daniel P. Drake

Over the Easter weekend I opened for friends the 2015 Spottswoode Family Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon. Napa Valley St. Helena, California a blend of 89%Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Other.

I let decant for at least an hour on the nose there was black cherry, blackberry, plum, black currant, cedar, spice, roses, crushed gravel and earth.

On the palate there was black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, black currant, licorice, mint, sandalwood, crushed gravel and earth.

This wine was rated 100 by both Jeb Dunnick and Wine Advocate whom I respect highly and can totally understand their exuberance for this wine but I couldn't make it quite there. I found that this is full bodied with a freshness and smooth mouthfeel medium + to high acidity and medium + high grainy crunchy tannins that gives a beautiful long dark fruit gravelly earthy finish. An eceptional wine by any means and I am glad to have a few more at rest in my cellar for this wine has many years to continue to develop. Our Easter weekend was one of excitement and exuberance where we had a baby shower on Saturday for our daughter who is expecting the last week of May first week of June which will be our second grandchild. Easter day we spent with family and friends which the day was spectacular. I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend and I wish everyone a wonderful week ahead. Please stay safe and healthy with peace to all. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷

Over the Easter weekend I opened for friends the 2015 Spottswoode Family Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon. Napa Valley St. Helena, California a blend of 89%Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Other.

I let decant for at least an hour on the nose there was black cherry, blackberry, plum, black currant, cedar, spice, roses, crushed gravel and earth.

On the palate there was black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, black currant, licorice, mint, sandalwood, crushed gravel and earth.

This wine was rated 100 by both Jeb Dunnick and Wine Advocate whom I respect highly and can totally understand their exuberance for this wine but I couldn't make it quite there. I found that this is full bodied with a freshness and smooth mouthfeel medium + to high acidity and medium + high grainy crunchy tannins that gives a beautiful long dark fruit gravelly earthy finish. An eceptional wine by any means and I am glad to have a few more at rest in my cellar for this wine has many years to continue to develop. Our Easter weekend was one of excitement and exuberance where we had a baby shower on Saturday for our daughter who is expecting the last week of May first week of June which will be our second grandchild. Easter day we spent with family and friends which the day was spectacular. I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend and I wish everyone a wonderful week ahead. Please stay safe and healthy with peace to all. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷

Apr 19th, 2022
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9.9

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is stunning, just as it was last year. A dark, ample, brooding Cabernet, the 2018 offers up the essence of black cherry, plum, mocha, spice, graphite, leather and incense. The 2018 has shut down considerably since I tasted it last year. That won't be a problem in a few years' time, but today the 2018 is decidedly brooding. Even so, it shows tremendous finesse and tons of pure breed. It is without question one of the epic, present-day wines for the estate. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2022)

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is stunning, just as it was last year. A dark, ample, brooding Cabernet, the 2018 offers up the essence of black cherry, plum, mocha, spice, graphite, leather and incense. The 2018 has shut down considerably since I tasted it last year. That won't be a problem in a few years' time, but today the 2018 is decidedly brooding. Even so, it shows tremendous finesse and tons of pure breed. It is without question one of the epic, present-day wines for the estate. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2022)

Jan 7th, 2022
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

9.0

Happy New Year with tasting group. Showing its age but Holding together at 35+ years.

Happy New Year with tasting group. Showing its age but Holding together at 35+ years.

Jan 2nd, 2022
Matt Duncan

2018 is stunning!!!

2018 is stunning!!!

Jan 17th, 2021
Matt

Nice to see this shedding some fat and shaking a little of that hedonistic richness that I loved tasting it a couple years ago. Question is, which version is better? Would like to see at the 8-10 year mark.

Nice to see this shedding some fat and shaking a little of that hedonistic richness that I loved tasting it a couple years ago. Question is, which version is better? Would like to see at the 8-10 year mark.

Oct 14th, 2020
Matt

This had a cool climate personality thread running throughout that I loved. Talk at the table about too much barrel, but the depth it added really played well with this wines more herbaceous and spiced side to me.

This had a cool climate personality thread running throughout that I loved. Talk at the table about too much barrel, but the depth it added really played well with this wines more herbaceous and spiced side to me.

Oct 14th, 2020
James Forsyth

Super sophisticated. Intense fruit, infinite depth. Dark profile. This is one hell of a wine.

Super sophisticated. Intense fruit, infinite depth. Dark profile. This is one hell of a wine.

Aug 18th, 2020