2001 Spottswoode - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 1.5L

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2001 Spottswoode - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
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International Wine Cellar | 93

($90) Deep ruby-red. Vibrant, high-pitched aromas of boysenberry, cassis, violet and sweet, chocolatey oak. Brighter and more sharply delineated than the 2002, with less obvious baby fat; offers a captivating combination of berry, spice and floral flavors. Very stylish, firmly tannic wine with the intensity and structure for 15 years or more of development in bottle.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Jancis Robinson | 18

Very dark crimson. A bit simpler than most and the only one on which I can still smell some oak. Round and full and very gently handled. A real charmer because there is some delicacy there too. Still pretty youthful with those carefully managed tannins just in evidence. Some dried spices ? an Indian market! (LM)

Drink Dates: 2009-2018
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 95

This is a beautiful wine, although more recent vintages may ultimately prove to be even better, particularly the 2007. This blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, from one of NapaâÂ?Â?s prestigious sites on the valley floor tucked behind the town of St. Helena, has a dense blue/purple color and a beautifully sweet nose of spring flowers intermixed with raspberry jam, blueberries and black currants. Some licorice and subtle oak are followed by a quintessentially elegant yet substantial wine with sweet tannins, medium to full body and a seamless texture. Drinkable already, the wine will continue to offer the more elegant, complex, evolved style of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon produced in 2001 for at least another 15-20 years.

Drink Dates: 2011-2031
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 195

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Wine Spectator | 90

This fleshy wine exhibits rich currant, game, herb and cedary notes. Well-focused, plush and complex, the flavors are elegant and graceful through the finish. Nonetheless, it leaves you hoping for a shade more depth and concentration. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 4,932 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2005-2012
Author: James Laube


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Vinfolio | 95

Spottswoode is one of the legends of the valley, producing a steady stream of outstanding wines. This vintage shows why it is one of my favorites. Aromas of dark chocolate, blackberry and cigar box spice. Concentrated yet elegant on the palate with spicy nuances to the black fruit centered flavors. The oak is polished and integrated.

Drink Dates: 2006-2021
Author: Vinfolio Team


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Score: 95
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
Early
Score: 93
Author: Todd W59
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 06/22/2014
Drink Dates: 2014-2018
Opened 2 hours prior to drinking; did not decant. Dark red color. Rich aromas of red fruits and some vanilla; this wine is still very primary. On the palate, this wine is very forward, yielding lots of fruit supported by smooth tannins ... also a fairly lengthy finish.
Score: 93
Author: Tj R
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 11/06/2011
good fruit and balance
Score: 91
Author: davinci68
Trust Rating: 76
Tasted On: 11/25/2009
refined tannins, subdued fruit notes. Still in dumb phase?
Score: 92
Author: fabioota
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 10/23/2009

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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