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1998 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

  • 90 WA
  • 86 WS
  • 87 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 59253-1998

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 86

    Decidedly herbal, with moderately ripe currant, earth, sage and wild berry flavors, too. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 4,311 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 87

    Good red-ruby. High-toned aromas of plum, currant, tobacco, chocolate and fresh herbs. Pliant and supple on entry, then a bit green toward the back end, with light but slightly drying tannins. This has good texture but could use more verve.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2001
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Ripe and mineral and luscious on the nose. Very, very very slightly stewed on the nose. Sweet start on the palate, could do with just a tad more acidity and freshness. Soft and round. (LM)
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits lots of blueberry fruit, in addition to an attractive, elegant, medium-bodied style. It is a successful wine for the vintage. It should be uncommonly precocious, forward, and delicious when released.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2005-2017
    Author: Todd W59
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Author: JoelCalBear
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.

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 Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena 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. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon 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

  • 977 bottles owned
  • 153 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 89
    (Out of 153 collectors)