#85 on James Suckling's Top 100 of 2015 -
JS 98 WA 96+ VInous 95 IWC (93-95) Pts - According to James Suckling - Incredible blueberry, blackberry, black walnut, mineral, black licorice and flowers. Full-bodied, very tight and structured with hints of hazelnut, fine chocolate, mineral and spice. Layered and very fine. A solid and classic-styled Napa Valley cab.
According to Robert Parker - "If Chateau Margaux were in the Napa Valley, it would be Spottswoode" - The opaque purple-hued 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a glorious bouquet of crème de cassis, spring flowers, a Pauillac-like lead pencil note, and background new oak. The overall impression is one of restraint combined with richness. This full-bodied effort possesses good acidity and ripe tannin. It has been crafted for the long-term. The hallmarks of great Spottswoode wines are their purity and elegance combined with serious power. The 2012 has that in abundance. This youthful, reserved Cabernet will benefit from 3-5 years of cellaring, and will keep for two decades or more.
According to Antonio Galloni - The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon comes across as surprisingly medium in body and not as explosive as I had expected, perhaps a reflection of its recent bottling. Today the 2012 shows the more suave, silky side of the year, with considerable early appeal and pure radiance, butt less in the way of structure. Hints of mocha, spices and crushed flowers add nuance on the finish. All things considered, today the 2012 performs in line with the vintage, but does not appear to be the overachiever it has been in recent years.
According to Stephen Tanzer - ...Bright medium ruby. Very pure, fruit-driven aromas of boysenberry and blackberry. At once chewy and vibrant, with harmonious acidity framing the dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes with serious but sweet tannins. Sample #2, racked just a couple weeks before my visit: Much more tightly wound, with the blackberry and bitter chocolate flavors currently dominated by a firm tannic spine. But the length and energy of this wine are clear today. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot.