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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.
92-94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011
Good bright ruby. Vibrant aromas of cassis, boysenberry, bitter chocolate, menthol, licorice and violet; smells riper than the 2008. Supple, rich and round; really saturates the palate with sweet dark berries and violet. Finishes very long and essentially gentle, with big velvety tannins and lingering sweetness. According to winemaker Jennifer Williams, who vinified the 2006 through 2009 vintages, the harvest in 2009 took place a week before the October rainy period. (In April, Spottswoode promoted assistant winemaker Aron Weinkauf to head winemaker.)