Pretty and soft, displaying appealing notes of old leather, dried spices, eucalyptus, sweet cedar, wet leaves, truffles, lanolin, bread pudding, and cinnamon. Not deep or power driven, with a lighter, more delicate texture, yet expressive on the palate—long and smooth. Tannins are mature and a bit dusty. Pair with delicate fare, no heavier than duck. Extremely attractive.
"One of California's finest Sauvignons is consistently produced by Spottswoode Winery. With respect to the 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon, a beautifully scented nose of cassis, lead pencil, high quality new oak, and spice is followed by a wine with striking richness and balance. This dark ruby/purple-colored Cabernet possesses fabulous concentration, yet it never comes across as heavy or out of sync. A gloriously made, elegant yet powerfully flavored wine, it is accessible, yet capable of lasting for another 12-20 years. This sensational Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits the more complex, elegant side of California winemaking. Bravo!"
The Wine Advocate
"Pleasantly balanced, rich and polished, it's in perfect drinking shape now, with well-defined currant and black cherry fruit, smooth, integrated tannins and a long, complex, elegant aftertaste that gives it a sense of grace and finesse. Finishes with a nice touch of cigar box.--California Cabernet '74/'84/'94 retrospective. Drink now through 2009. 5,000 cases made."