One of the MOST ESSENTIAL wines we offer annually is the Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, aka the “Blue Blazer of Napa Valley” – Classic! Dress it up, or dress it down, always fashionable, always stylish. Spottswoode remains my overall favorite Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon producer since I first procured for my private cellar in the mid-1980s.
Notes from the winery – ” The 2017 vintage was the seventh growing season in which Aron Weinkauf was both our vineyard manager and winemaker. This dual role flows into the essence of our 2017 Cabernet, with every viticultural decision thoughtfully shaping the dynamic character and precision of our wine. Embodying the grace and grandeur of our organic and biodynamically farmed Spottswoode Estate Vineyard, which was originally planted in 1882, our 2017 Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a mesmerizing expression of terroir and vintage. At its majestic core, there is a thrilling sense of energy that has become a signature of our wine, providing a resonance to the pure, focused flavors that unfurl with each new sip.”
“Made of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple in color and prances out of the glass with vivacious blackberries, crushed black cherries, warm black currants and red currant jelly scents plus exotic hints of cassia, cardamom, fenugreek and star anise with a waft of underbrush. Medium-bodied, the palate has fantastic energy and beautiful poise, with bags of bright, crunchy black and red fruit plus a firm, fine-grained texture, finishing long and spicy. Drink 2021-2052” – 97+ points, Wine Advocate (LP-B) – October 2019
“A soft, velvety red with dark-berry, blackcurrant and plum aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, creamy and delicious. Pretty tension of fruit and tannins.” – 96 points, James Suckling.com (Oct 2019)