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2007 Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker

Retasting the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon was a treat as I believe it is the greatest Cabernet Sauvignon Spottswoode has ever produced. Wonderful aromas of black raspberries, blueberries, black currants and flowers jump for the glass of this dark ruby/purple-tinged Cabernet. As I have stated before, if Chateau Margaux were in Napa Valley, it would be Spottswoode. The purity, balance and delicacy of this wine are impressive. Perhaps slightly less dense and powerful than the 2008, the 2007 is flawlessly put together with nothing out of place. It, too, should age effortlessly for 20–20+ years. 99 points. (December, 2010)

Potentially even better (than the 2006), the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon may well be the finest Cabernet Sauvignon I have ever tasted from Spottswoode. Blended with 3% Cabernet Franc, the production is small (only 2,000 cases compared to the 2,900 cases produced in 2006). This opulent wine offers up loads of blue and black fruits intermixed with licorice, a hint of lead pencil shavings, and of course, the telltale floral notes that seen to be a part of this estate vineyard. In the mouth, the wine is full-bodied, but seamless, rather exuberant and flashy by Spottswoode’s standards, but so pure, deep, and rich, one gets the impression that if Château Margaux were making Cabernet Sauvignon in St. Helena, it might well taste like this. There is virtually no noticeable oak, given the extravagant richness of the wine, and the balance and elegance are combined with the sensational texture, power, and length, are awesome. This should be a historic Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 30+ years. 99 points (December, 2009)

The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Top 100 Wines 2010, Jon Bonné

This might be the best Spottswoode yet—and one of the best Napa Cabernets I've ever tasted. Winemaker Jennifer Williams found a perfect harmony of flavor, from spicy accents of soft paprika, coffee and cedar to the mineral edge in its silken texture and the endlessly rich, plummy flavors. It's a supremely graceful and powerful Cabernet. (December 5, 2010)

The San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné

There’s an intangible sensation when you taste a wine that seems destined for greatness. It’s not merely perfect balance or complexity; there’s a gestalt that takes over, like a Bat-Signal for deliciousness. That’s what happened on my first encounter with Spottswoode’s remarkable 2007. Its opulent profile had just the right accents: soft paprika scents; cedar shaving; a coffee hint at the end. But it was more the sense of grace; every flavor, every aroma fell precisely into place. (December 20, 2009).

Wine Spectator, James Laube

Smooth, rich and understated, offering a subtle mix of ripe, full-bodied currant, blackberry and wild berry flavors that are deftly balanced, with a dash of cedary dill-laced oak. Slow to unfold, but in doing so offers great depth, concentration and complexity. Best from 2012 through 2022. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 95 points (October 31, 2010)

Decanter.com, California Cabernet 2007 Panel Tasting

Strawberries and cream, cinnamon, blackcurrant, stylish oak, mint and dark chocolate bouquet. Sleek and refined with excellent balance and ripe, delicious fruit with intensity and drive. Length has plenty of spice. 17.5pts/20 (February 18, 2011)

International Wine Cellar, Steve Tanzer

Good bright ruby-red. Vibrant aromas of boysenberry, blackberry and violet, lifted by a minty note. Sweet, dense and minerally, conveying a sense of power as well as a distinctly light touch. Captivating dark fruit flavors really saturate the palate. This has a terrific backbone for aging. Accoring to winemaker Jennifer Williams, the cool, dry spring of 2007 limited canopy growth through June, resulting in a moderate crop size. 91-94 points (May/June, 2009) www.wineaccess.com/tanzer

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