The 2006 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon was the winning bottle in the May Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The bottle was decanted for several hours.
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.
Crimson in color. 14.1% ABV. Spellbinding nose of dark fruits, licorice, cedar and graphite. Concentrated and polished with great purity of fruit. The texture is sublime. Black currants, cassis, plums and tobacco on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long with the silkiest of tannins. No secondary characteristics stood out at 15 years of age. This should continue to age well. Glorious Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink over the next decade or so.
My rating: 97 points.
The 2018 version of Spottswoode is currently available for around $225 per bottle.
I blogged about Spottswoode previously in Overlooked Wines from Great Producers.