2002 Spottswoode "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is a glorious example of elegance combined with power, purity and richness. A compelling wine in all senses, it reveals a haunting bouquet of acacia flowers, raspberries, blueberries, black currants, graphite and pen ink. The sweetness of the tannins and medium to full-bodied, extraordinarily poised and breathtaking mouthfeel that builds incrementally is all about nobility and balance. It is an honor to taste this special wine. Drink it over the next 20-25 years. As I have always said, if there is a Chateau Margaux to be found in Napa Valley, it is Beth and Mary Novak’s iconic Spottswoode winery, situated on the back streets of St. Helena. (RP)
Shows off a mix of dense, concentrated flavors, with touches of herb, bell pepper, currant and cherry. Finishes with a solid wall of tannins.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium ruby. Rich aromas of black raspberry, currant, roasted plum, dark chocolate, graphite, minerals and baking spices. Big, round and sweet. An atypically lush and chocolatey-rich wine for Spottswoode, with a bit less black fruit and floral character than usual but solid underlying minerality.
*Cellar Selection* The estate is in St. Helena. The wine is dry, tannic and too young, an obvious cellar candidate. Those tannins mask the underlying core of black cherry, black currant and cocoa fruit. This is a lovely, fine Cabernet, rich and supple, that should start showing well by 2010.
Exceptionally concentrated crimson. Very dark. Sweet and so young there are practically fermentation aromas still! Big and yet beguiling. Lovely soft texture. A bit like I imagine the 1990 in its youth. Very well made. Rather glamorous and ritzy -- even a slight hint of coconut. Although it’s obviously a hot vintage there is Spottswoode elegance too. No shortage of alcohol though! 18/20 points. (LM)