1994 Spottswoode - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 1.5L

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1994 Spottswoode - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
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Jancis Robinson | 18

Notably dark. Well balanced and integrated nose already. Layers of flavour ? some tealeaf again ? with real refreshment and delicacy. Bravo! Transparent and really lifted and elegant. Serious with that brine quality again. By no means obvious but rewarding. Appetising dry (as opposed to sweet) finish. (LM)

Drink Dates: 2004-2014
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 93

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!

Drink Dates: 1997-2017
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 114

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Wine Spectator | 94

A powerful vintage produced a powerful wine, full-bodied and firm with complex chocolate, plum, spice and licorice flavors. It's a bit tough now, and should show better with time.--Spottswoode vertical. 4,860 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2000+
Author: Thomas Matthews


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Score: 91
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 09/05/2010
Site Blog: mac_h great bottle of spottswoode, drank very well still had fruit and elegant finish.
Score: 91
Author: Jito72
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 12/13/2008
Drink Dates: 2000-2009
wow, nice mature ernet,kind spicy, mineral and complex, give 1 hr decant and it changes, long finish. a classic 14-15yr california cabernet
Score: 60
Author: Edward T707
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/07/2008

About This Producer


Spottswoode is a family-owned historic vineyard and winery renowned for its exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. Established in 1882 by George Schonewald, the estate is distinguished by the historic Victorian home depicted on the Spottswoode label. Spottswoode was christened by Mrs. Albert Spotts, who owned the property from 1910 until its purchase in 1972 by Mary Weber Novak and her late husband, Dr. Jack Novak. The first Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon was produced in 1982, exactly one hundred years after the estate's founding.

The Novak family is committed to producing wines that faithfully reflect their grape origins. Each Spottswoode wine is known for its refined elegance, balance, and classic structure. Dedicated stewards of their property, the Novaks have farmed organically since 1985 and have pioneered the restoration of their local watershed.

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