2002 Spottswoode "Spottswoode Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)
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.
*Two stars* Sweet, ripe fruit redolent of cassis and black cherries is perfectly filled out by creamy oak and root beer-like spice in the inviting aromas of this medium-full-bodied wine. It is supple but never soft in feel on the palate and has an appropriate spine of firming tannins in reserve. Well-stuffed and decently polished, it is likely to reward immediate drinking for those who are impatient but it will certainly improve with bottle age, and a wait of four to six years would seem the better choice.
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.
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.