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2002 Spottswoode - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

abv 14.1%
  • 99 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 59253-2002
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($90; includes 3% cabernet franc; 70% new oak; 14.8% alcohol, the highest yet at this estate) Good medium ruby. Rich aromas of black raspberry, currant, roasted plum, dark chocolate, graphite, minerals and baking spices. Big, round and sweet. An atypically lush and chocolatey-rich wine for Spottswoode, with a bit less black fruit and floral character than usual but solid underlying minerality. Finishes broad and long, with horizontal tannins that seem a bit tougher than those of the young 2003. The estate sold off a lot of their wine in bulk in 2002, eliminating the lots that they considered overripe and less ageworthy.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2005
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Bold, rich and concentrated, with a dense core of spicy currant, plum and blackberry with ripe, fleshy tannins that coat the mouth on the finish. Shows off hints of nutmeg and earth on the finish. 3,331 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Exceptionally concentrated crimson. Very dark. Sweet and so young there are practically fermentation aromas still! Big and yet beguiling. Lovely soft texture. A bit like I imagine the 1990 in its youth. Very well made. Rather glamorous and ritzy ? even a slight hint of coconut. Although it?s obviously a hot vintage there is Spottswoode elegance too. No shortage of alcohol though?! 14.9% (LM)
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is a glorious example of elegance combined with power, purity and richness. A compelling wine in all senses, it reveals a haunting bouquet of acacia flowers, raspberries, blueberries, black currants, graphite and pen ink. The sweetness of the tannins and medium to full-bodied, extraordinarily poised and breathtaking mouthfeel that builds incrementally is all about nobility and balance. It is an honor to taste this special wine. Drink it over the next 20-25 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Yamadori
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: timinsf
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Tj R
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: Koby
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    Author: Michael N594
  • Self | Rating: 97

    I love this wine. Needed more time to open up than past bottles we've tried but after 1 hour of decanting was drinking really well. Light berry with an undercurrent of earthiness and wood. A little pencil lead. Structure is subtle and nuanced.
    Author: noelivan
  • Self | Rating: 90

    OK, nothing spectacular in my weak opinion.
    Drink Dates: 2013
    Author: Scotch Fool
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

  • 1505 bottles owned
  • 262 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 262 collectors)