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2010 Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker

The brilliant 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon boasts an inky/purple color as well as glorious aromas of spring flowers, lead pencil shavings, licorice and a multitude of wild mountain fruits, in particular black raspberry, blackberry and cassis reminiscent of a French Pauillac (although I always think of Spottswoode as the Chateau Margaux of Napa). With a flawless integration of tannin, wood and acidity, it comes across like a liquid version of haute couture from the house of Chanel. It should drink well young yet age for 25 years. Drink 2013–2038. 100 points (October, 2013)

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)

JancisRobinson.com, 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) www.wineaccess.com/tanzer

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