2010 Spottswoode "Family Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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. (RP)
Deep ruby to the rim. Compelling purity to the aromas of black cherry, cassis, huckleberry, violet, menthol and licorice. The palate shows an almost syrupy ripeness to its dark berry and spice flavors, with the new oak element contributing sweetness. Shows none of the pyrazine character of the 2011, another cool, late year. Finishes with firm but noble tannins and terrific punch and length. Lay this beauty down. (ST)
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. (JL)
*Two Stars* What starts out as a dense, ripe and somewhat brooding young wine on first sniff slowly unfolds and reveals itself to be a deep, well-composed Cabernet of more breed than bombast, and, if not at all stinting in extracted fruit and creamy oak, it exhibits exceptional balance for the very ample offering that it is. While it is underpinned by no small degree of fine-grained tannin, it is never austere or unduly astringent, and it shows striking length and fruity stamina that makes for risk-free predictions of eight to ten years of certain improvement.