1999 Spottswoode - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 1.5L

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1999 Spottswoode - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
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International Wine Cellar | 92(+?)

(aging in about 60% new oak, up from 50% previously; this is the first vintage crushed and made at the estate) Full medium ruby. Rich yet cool aromas of blackberry, violet, licorice and bitter chocolate. Dense and rich, with sharply delineated flavors of dark berries, chocolate and cedar. Offers compelling vinosity, and the structure for slow development in bottle. Finishes with fine, dusty, horizontal tannins and excellent persistence. With this vintage, all of the replanted vines are included in the blend, with the exception of a bit of cabernet franc yet to come.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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Wine Advocate | 90

The 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon (95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc) possesses a deep purple color in addition to a restrained but intense nose of black currants intermixed with lead pencil shavings, subtle toast, and a hint of acacia flowers. This textured, elegant, medium-bodied Cabernet is Chateau Margaux-like in its elegance, gracefulness, and balanced restraint. It displays surprisingly sweet tannin for a 1999 as well as outstanding purity.

Drink Dates: 2002-2016
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 142

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Wine Spectator | 94

A dazzling wine, sleek and sophisticated, with beautiful ripe fruit purity. It has rich currant, crème de cassis, light mocha and herb shadings and a silky-smooth texture that firms on the finish as the tannins make their presence more evident. 4,321 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2002-2014
Author: James Laube


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Score: 93
Author: Charley
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/24/2013
Drink Dates:
Decanted for about 30 minutes out of the bottle. Tasted along the way, not really needed. Compared to the 01' Montelena Estate, this wine was lighter, more silky, and was more subtle. Hard to say I liked one better than the other, but this wine came right out of the bottle ready to be loved, and we did.
Score: 91
Author: JoelCalBear
Tasted On: 09/20/2013
Delicious fruit, smooth and subtle spices. Decanted but still tight in first hour. Opened up nicely after.
Score: 93
Author: JCashman
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/24/2012
Very good. Subtle, with hints of spice and leather. Ready to drink now.
Score: 92
Author: jsp2000
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 08/24/2012
Score: 94
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 09/30/2011
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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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