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Spottswoode Family Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Napa Valley 2013

Spottswoode Family Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Napa Valley 2013

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Winemaker Notes: Opaque deep purple. Packed. Lifted and perfumey. Voluptuous, with a great deal of youthful intensity, demonstrating primary blue and black fruit characters. An enticing potpourri of bakery aromas—chocolate-covered cherries, caramel, spice, coffee bean, boysenberry cream, black cherry, vanilla, crème brûlée, with hints of bay leaf and tobacco, and wonderful underlying minerality. Amazing balance, long finish, structured tannins. Built for aging. We are very excited about this highly anticipated vintage!!


The year 2013 has produced wines of amazing depth and concentration and is eagerly anticipated as another “noteworthy” vintage. Though we had a later-than-normal bud break, sunny warm weather contributed to healthy flowering and beautiful fruit set in the Spottswoode Estate Vineyard. While the berry numbers per cluster were high, the lack of water in this dry year restrained the plants, making canopy growth less vigorous and keeping the berries small and very concentrated. The growing season brought some small rain events at just the right times, allowing our fruit to ripen beautifully. In September, the estate grapes arrived at the winery in pristine condition with tremendous flavors and exceptional overall quality—we knew from the start that it was going to be a phenomenal vintage. Our Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful reflection of this vintage and of our exceptional 40-acre estate vineyard.

98 points James Suckling: "Glorious blueberries, blackberries, violets and hot stones. Cloves and other spices. Even sliced mushrooms. Full body, very firm tannins and persistent and savory finish. A tight and polished young cabernet. (1/15/16)" 

97 points Decanter: "Nuances of clove, tar and graphite marry with aromas of crunchy dark fruit, introducing a firmly structured and intensely concentrated wine that displays striking cut and energy. This is one of the best young Spottswoodes of recent times, and one of the most vibrant, primary benchland Cabernet Sauvignons of the vintage--it's also likely to be one of the most long-lived. Drink: 2023-2055. Alcohol 13.9%. (Sep 2016)" 

96 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "Vivid, nuanced and explosive, the estate's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses remarkable intensity and pure power. The 2013 is one of the most precise wines I have tasted here in some time. Dark blue and black fruits, cedar, lavender and leather are all vivid and beautifully articulated throughout. The flavors build effortlessly to the huge, dramatic finish. (Oct 2015)" 

99+ points Robert Parker: "The flagship wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, which in this vintage is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot aged 20 months in 60% new French oak. It is elegance personified. Dark blueberry and black raspberry fruit with crème de cassis, licorice and spring flowers emerge from this juicy, medium to full-bodied wine with everything in ideal balance. The acidity, tannin, wood and alcohol are subtle and disguised. This is another beauty from Spottswoode. Slightly less dramatic than the 2012, but classic, it offers 20-25 years of aging potential. Drink: 2015-2040. (Dec 2015)"


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Varietal/TypeCabernet Sauvignon
Size750 ML Standard
Rating99 Points, 98 Points, 97 Points, 96 Points
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