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2009 Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker

In 2009, a hot vintage produced low-acid grapes, while production jumped to 2,748 cases. The wine was a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc and, for the first time, 1% Petit Verdot. The wine has an opaque purple color, a big, sweet kiss of blueberries and blackberries with charcoal embers, forest floor and a floral note. It is full-bodied, classic and rich with still-moderate tannins in the finish. The wine is still in its infantile stages, besides being seven years of age and probably won’t hit its prime for at least another 5–10 years. It has at least 30 or more years of aging ahead of it. 96+ points (#226, August 31, 2016)

Wine Spectator Insider, James Laube

Recommended California Cabernet, “Top Wines” list: Beautifully crafted, showing a subtle mix of dried herbs, baking spices and floral scents, with a tight core of currant and blackberry flavors. 96 points (November 15, 2012)

International Wine Cellar, Steve Tanzer

Full ruby red. Cassis, dark chocolate and violet on the lively nose. Seamless and lush in the style of the year, showing the roundness and finesse of the best Spottswoode vintages. Finishes with tooth coating sweet tannins and a complete absence of rough edges. This doesn’t show the tannic mass of the more backward and powerful 2008 but it’s suaver and has plenty of structure for a graceful evolution in bottle. 94 (May, 2012)

Decanter Magazine

Sumptuous, stylish oaky, blackcurrant fruit on the nose with coffee bean and nutmeg. Excellent balance and great lift. Zesty, pure, long and spicy, with no rough edges but plenty of poise and complexity on the finish. Has great ageing potential. Drink 2014–2030. 90–94 points (February, 2013)

Vinography, Alder Yarrow

Tasting Notes: Inky garnet in the glass, this wine smells of black cherry, tobacco and a hint of green herbs. In the mouth the wine is broad and expansive with mouth-coating tannins that are velvety and smooth. Rich cherry and cedar flavors mix with cocoa powder and a hint of licorice. Gorgeous acidity is welded to a cool dark earth quality that lingers through the extremely long finish. Just a touch more elegant than the 2008, with slightly better acidity, and a whisker more poise and balance. Exceptional. 14.5% alcohol. Score: around 9.5. (February, 2012) Read the complete article.

Robb Report Holiday Host’s Guide

Anyone who has forgotten what classic-style Napa Cabernet can be should sample this balanced and beautifully black composition of restrained ripeness and complex shading of tar, licorice, and patchouli. (December, 2012)