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About Spottswoode Vineyard
Part of the old guard in Napa Valley, Spottswoode was established in the first wave of vine planting, back in 1882. Christened by Mrs. Albert Spotts in 1910, Spottswoode is now managed by Mary Novak and her two children, Beth and Lindy. Over the past two decades, Spottswoode has been one of the most consistent Cabernet producers of California, with a track record for graceful bottle aging.
86 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2003
($80) Full ruby-red. Big, rich, perfumed aromas of blueberry, boysenberry, violet, menthol, coffee and loam. Rich and mellow but vinous, with fruit-driven flavors of currant, blueberry and boysenberry. Nicely full in the middle but slightly lean on the back end, with a bit of acidity showing. "In 2000 we benefitted by being on the valley floor, with lighter soils," noted winemaker Rosemary Cakebread.