Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker

The first vintage for Jennifer Williams, 2006, was a low-crop year, with only 2,743 cases produced. The final blend harkens back to the first two vintages of Spottswoode, in being almost 100% Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5% Cabernet Franc with the rest Cabernet Sauvignon). This wine is flowery with terrific fruit intensity and classic Spottswoode elegance and purity. Deep ruby/purple color, youthfulness still to this day and plenty of breadth, depth and richness. An underrated vintage, sandwiched between 2005 and another great one, 2007, this is a sleeper year and a beautiful wine that should drink well at least for another 20–25 years. 96 points (#226, August 31, 2016), Jeb Dunnuck

A more mid-weight, charming, elegant wine that lacks the density found in the top vintages, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate nevertheless has wonderful red and black currant fruits, notes of spice, sandalwood, and dried earth, medium to full body, and silky, polished tannins. It’s a wonderfully complex, endearing, classy wine to enjoy over the coming decade. 94 points (August 23, 2021)

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

Spottswoode’s timeless potential continues to show itself. Blue fruit and musk appear at first, and the fine, forceful tannins reveal how young this latest release really is. But it adds racy blueberry and a beefy, raw, sanguine edge that signal its ability to mature beautifully. (December 6, 2009)