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2011 Spottswoode Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Napa Valley

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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.

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2011 Spottswoode Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Napa Valley

Producer: Spottswoode Vineyard
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2014

(13.9% alcohol; blended with 7% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot; the 30th anniversary bottling for this wine):  Medium ruby.  Captivating aromas of crystallized blackberry, boysenberry, dark chocolate, violet and minerals.  Rather backward but substantial for the vintage, with brambly dark berry and mineral flavors accented by a note of olive.  Already offers lovely inner-mouth perfume but the serious tongue-coating tannins call for some patience.  The black cherry finish avoids greenness.  This vintage included some additional cabernet franc and petit verdot from acreage planted in 2006.

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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