1989 Spottswoode Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Wonderfully glowing crimson. Almost marine sort of mineral note – real zestiness! Lightness of touch. Particularly vivacious on the nose. Very subtle and layered with lovely fullness without being at all sweet or alcoholic. Still quite dusty tannins on the finish. Just a little more subtle than the 1988. Big crop and it rained so no-one expected this to be this good. But Tony Soter decided to wait and let the rain go through and wait – so this was picked later than most. 18/20 points (LM)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
In 1989, rain occurred before and during the harvest, causing panic in Northern California, where rain is rarely an issue after March and before mid-November. This was a surprisingly delicious, up-front, in-your-face style of wine, with loads of ripe black and red currant fruit, spring flowers, soft tannins, a medium to full body, not much complexity, but it is a delicious, sensual, fruit-driven wine that seems fully mature and capable of holding on for another 5-6 years. (RP)
A tannic wine from a tannic vintage, this has ripe plum and black cherry flavors with light earthy notes; it's firm and a bit austere. (TM)
From the winery's vertical tasting held on November 13, 2013: "Showing more age this year than last. Port, damp tobacco, tomato, orange, dried fig, cola, sage, sandalwood, bouillon. Nice entry; finishes with drier tannins. Deserves to be paired with a delicious cheese."