Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label

Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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Winemaker Notes

The 2011 Cabernet is captivating - beautifully capturing the essence of the Spottswoode Estate vineyard in this cooler-than-normal vintage. The winemaker's descriptors include, "ripe black cherry, blackberry, nutmeg, dark chocolate, juicy ripeness with a hint of dried sage, graphite, concentrated black tea, ripe cranberry, and bay leaf." The fruit characters are dynamic and vivacious, sharing layers of minerality, floralness, spices and herbs.

Where some vintages get their strength from pure muscle and brawn, the 2011 draws its strength from its core and its finesse - much the same way a yogi exhibits strength and balance versus a weightlifter's brute heft.

Blend: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot

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JS 95
James Suckling
A solid Spottswoode with mint, currants, berries and flowers. Sweet tobacco and rose petals. Full body with silky tannins and a long, long finish. Tangy, energetic and lively. A wine with form, tension and beauty. This is classic California. 89% cabernet sauvignon, 8% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot.
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
New winemaker Aron Weinkauf started in a vintage that has been excessively maligned, despite evidence of very strong efforts produced in the 2011 vintage, including the 2011 Spottswoode, which is a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Nearly 3,300 cases were produced. As the complete younger vines began producing at full-throttle, the wine offers up loads of blueberry and blackcurrant fruit, is a trifle more compact than the 2010 or for that matter the 2012, 2013 or 2014. It shows admirable purity, plenty of floral blackcurrants that this property is known for and beautiful texture in a medium to full-bodied style. Rain at harvest seems to have had no impact on the quality of this wine. It probably won’t be as long-lived as some of the exceptional years, but it is certainly set for another 20 years of deliciousness.
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Spottswoode is a small, family-owned estate located on the western edge of St. Helena in the Napa Valley. The estate, which dates to the 1800s, includes classic formal gardens, pre-prohibition winery buildings and the 40-acre, organically farmed estate vineyard. Spottswoode focuses all of its attention on producing extremely limited quantities of two wines: Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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