Wine Spectator | Rating: 94A 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.Author: Thomas Matthews
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18Notably 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)Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93One 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!Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 60Author: Edward T707
Self | Rating: 91great bottle of spottswoode, drank very well still had fruit and elegant finish.Author: tiberite
Self | Rating: 91wow, nice mature ernet,kind spicy, mineral and complex, give 1 hr decant and it changes, long finish. a classic 14-15yr california cabernetDrink Dates: 2000-2009Author: Jito72
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.
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 1063 bottles owned
- 177 collectors
- Average collector rating: 81
(Out of 177 collectors)