Spottswoode

Family Estate Grown St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon

9.415 ratings
9.64 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
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
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
Yianni Stoner

Happy to have watched the progress of this wine from vineyard to bottle. A truly great vintage of Spottswoode.

Happy to have watched the progress of this wine from vineyard to bottle. A truly great vintage of Spottswoode.

Sep 12th, 2018
Paul Hoffert

This is one of those wines that if you were equating it an education you would say it was classically trained. It has all of the earmarks of a great wine. Great combinations of dark and red fruits, cigars, chocolate, licorice, graphite and more. Great tannins. It was really nice this evening and this should be great in the years to come. Good news is we will try the bottle again in a couple of years to see how is aging.

This is one of those wines that if you were equating it an education you would say it was classically trained. It has all of the earmarks of a great wine. Great combinations of dark and red fruits, cigars, chocolate, licorice, graphite and more. Great tannins. It was really nice this evening and this should be great in the years to come. Good news is we will try the bottle again in a couple of years to see how is aging.

Feb 25th, 2020
Peter Collins

Really good! Bought several half-bottles which is perfect since my wife won’t drink as much wine as I do! Big cab but incredibly smooth with a great finish. They put this one together WELL!

Really good! Bought several half-bottles which is perfect since my wife won’t drink as much wine as I do! Big cab but incredibly smooth with a great finish. They put this one together WELL!

Feb 25th, 2020
Matt Gibstein

Wine class

Wine class

Feb 15th, 2020
Jens Lundqvist

Bartender/waiter/sommelier/ PA & Co

9.5

Jens had this 5 months ago

Jens had this 5 months ago

Feb 5th, 2020
Jens Lundqvist

Bartender/waiter/sommelier/ PA & Co

9.5

Jens had this a year ago

Jens had this a year ago

Jun 16th, 2019
John Van Trijp

John had this 5 months ago

John had this 5 months ago

Feb 10th, 2020
Tatsu Naoki

Tatsu had this 5 months ago

Tatsu had this 5 months ago

Feb 2nd, 2020