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2010 Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker

Production in this cooler year than 2009 produced 2,586 cases and the blend was 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Consistently perfect from barrel and bottle multiple times, the 2010 is one of the recent blockbuster efforts from Spottswoode. Superb aromatics of spring flowers, blue and black fruits, forest floor and a touch of toast, are followed by a wine of exceptional intensity, texture, purity and a full-bodied finish with velvety, but noticeable tannins. This is still extremely young, but also remarkably impressive even though it is only six years of age. Expect this to hit its prime in about 10 years and last for at least 40. 100 points (#226, August 31, 2016), Jancis Robinson

Blackish purple. Intense, pungent, velvety. High toned and minerally but rich. Rich and spicy. Vibrant and lifted at the end. Extravagant. Dramatic. Not sweet. This is awfully good but it certainly isn't underpriced. About 2,800 cases made. Drink 2015–2035. 19/20 points (September 23, 2014)

Vinous Media, Antonio Galloni

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Spottswoode remains remarkably primary, deep and intense, with a huge core of intense red fruit. The tannins have begun to soften, which seems to have released the aromas and flavors. Raspberry jam, mint, sweet spice and pomegranate infuse the building finish. The interplay of cool climate structure and ripeness that was pushed by three heat spikes at the end of the season resulted in an absolutely compelling and exotic Cabernet Sauvignon from Spottswoode. 97 points (December 2016)

The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Top 100 Wines 2013, Jon Bonné

One of the most seamless Spottswoodes in years, with all the muscle of the St. Helena benchland, yet a total refinement of its fresh tannins. The deep, rich licorice and cassis are matched by fragrant bay leaf and lavender aspects, and layers that keep emerging. (December 1, 2013), Julia Harding

Black core. Lovely dusty earth nose but just a little spirity. Rich with chocolate cherry. Thicker, sweeter tannins than the Corison Kronos. Riper tasting but still has a dark, dry texture. Concentrated and somehow darkly chewy. “The epitome of wines around St. Helena,” say Alder Yarrow. Drink 2020-2035. 17. 5 points (December 2, 2013)

Decanter, Steven Brook

This mature organic estate has always delivered exceptional Cabernet, but in 2010, Beth Milliken excelled. This has complete ripeness, amazing purity of fruit and perfect balance. Score: 18.75 (95+) (February, 2014)

Vinography, Alder Yarrow

Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of violets, cassis, and tobacco. In the mouth, gorgeous, lush black cherry and cassis flavors have supple but very muscular tannins and excellent acidity. Still quite young and somewhat tight, but lip staining and rich. Score: between 9 and 9.5 (October, 2013)

Wine Spectator, James Laube

Notably rich and generous, with a complex array of dark berry, currant and cassis flavors, delivering subtle herb, spice and cedar notes and ending with a dash of loamy earth. Most impressive on the finish, which sails on and on. Best from 2014 through 2024. 93 points (October 31, 2013)

International Wine Cellar, Steve Tanzer

Bright, saturated ruby-red. Fresh, floral aromas of cassis, boysenberry, bitter chocolate and violet. Vibrant and impeccably balanced, with intense cassis and blackberry flavors given punch by nicely integrated juicy acidity. Finishes tactile and long, with plenty of bitter chocolate oak showing. A beauty, but give this at least six or seven years in the cellar or at least extended decanting. The dehydrated fruit in 2010 was declassified, noted winemaker Aron Weinkauf. Lovely wine. 94(+) points (May/June, 2013)