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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.
92 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
92 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2005
($90; includes 3% cabernet franc; 70% new oak; 14.8% alcohol, the highest yet at this estate) Good medium ruby. Rich aromas of black raspberry, currant, roasted plum, dark chocolate, graphite, minerals and baking spices. Big, round and sweet. An atypically lush and chocolatey-rich wine for Spottswoode, with a bit less black fruit and floral character than usual but solid underlying minerality. Finishes broad and long, with horizontal tannins that seem a bit tougher than those of the young 2003. The estate sold off a lot of their wine in bulk in 2002, eliminating the lots that they considered overripe and less ageworthy.
90 Points | Wine Spectator
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