2002 Spottswoode "Spottswoode Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The elegance, purity, complexity, and striking beauty of the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is something to behold. This is a prodigious example of marrying the power and richness of Napa Cabernet with a sense of restraint, elegance, but tremendous, authoritative flavor intensity. As I said last year, if Chateau Margaux were making wine in Napa, this might be what it would taste like. An extraordinary nose of black currants, chocolate, sweet licorice, and a hint of toast jumps from the glass of this wine, which exhibits superb ripeness, an incredibly well-delineated, full-bodied, opulent palate, and good, uplifting acidity and freshness. This is a stunning tour de force in winemaking and ranks as the finest Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon I have ever tasted. It should drink well for 15-20 years.
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.
Bold, rich and concentrated, with a dense core of spicy currant, plum and blackberry with ripe, fleshy tannins that coat the mouth on the finish. Shows off hints of nutmeg and earth on the finish.