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Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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Juicy primary fruit flavors predominate this inviting wine. Penetrating blackberry and blueberry essence with some creamy yogurt, cassis liqueur, plum, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Malted chocolate and a hint of black pepper on the nose. There is a density along with focus and a pristine delineation. Great structure and concentration, with ripe, refined tannins and good acidity. This remarkable wine has immense potential. The 2012 was a pleasure to make; the vintage was close to a dream come true!
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Appellation St Helena
Brand Spottswoode
Alcohol/vol 14.1%
  • js98

James SucklingIncredible blueberries, blackberries, black walnuts, minerals, black licorice and flowers. Full-bodied, very tight and structured with hints of hazelnuts, fine chocolate and hints of minerals and spices. A solid and classic-styled Napa Valley cab. Layered and very fine.

  • v96

VinousThe 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is dark, powerful and sensual, with plenty of the vintage's trademark richness and radiance. Over the last year, the 2012 has gained considerable volume. Hints of mocha, plum, new leather and spices meld into the richly textured, voluptuous finish. In 2012, the blend is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.

Antonio Galloni
  • we95

Wine EnthusiastThe Novak family continue to produce an understated style of gorgeous Cabernet year in and year out. This vintage provides a fine example, a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, all from the historic, 40-acre estate. Complex and smooth, it offers an exotic array of cigar, tar, black pepper and currant, the tannins soft and integrated, yet strong. Coffee and chocolate make appearances on the finish, ever so slightly, never at risk of dimming its freshness. Drink now through 2022.

Virginie Boone, June 1, 2016
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Wine SpectatorOffers a trim mix of red and dark berry fruit, dusty cedary oak, gravel and tobacco leaf accents and stalky tannins. Ends dry and clean, yet clipped. Drink now. 4,000 cases made.

James Laube, 2015