Bottle Notes, Sauvignon Blanc

2012 Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc – Bottle Notes

Spottswoode is a family owned winegrowing estate located on the western edge of St. Helena in the Napa Valley. The 46 acre estate, established in 1882, is distinguished by the historic Victorian home depicted on the label. Its entrance is graced by classic formal gardens, while the vineyard stretches behind to the Mayacamas Mountains.

The Spottswoode Estate was bought by Jack and Mary Novak in 1972. The first Cabernet Sauvignon was produced in 1982. Spottswoode also makes an exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, a second Cabernet named Lydenhurst and a Rhone blend known as Field Book.

Golden in color. 14.1% ABV. Fantastic nose of stone fruits, green apples, grass and minerals. Medium body with acidity in spades. Pink grapefruit, mango and papaya on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. Always one of the best Sauvignon Blancs made in Napa Valley. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 91 points.

The 2016 vintage was released recently and is readily available. At $40 it is fairly priced given the pedigree.

I blogged about Spottswoode previously in Overlooked Wines from Great Producers.

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