2006 Spottswoode "St. Helena Family Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Lots of tobacco, fresh mushroom and wet earth on the nose that turns to dark fruits such as mulberries and raspberries. Full bodied, with a wonderful density of fruit. Round and velvety tannins giving this a beautiful balance. Give it another two or three years of bottle age but already gorgeous.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This wine, which I believe will evolve for 25 or more years, has a gorgeous nose of violets, black currants, licorice, camphor, and a hint of graphite. Layered, rich, and full-bodied, the wine has an opaque purple color as well as wonderful purity and balance. It could be considered the wine world’s version of haute couture at a top address in Paris. It’s a beauty, perfectly balanced and as flawless and seamless as a 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa can be. Drink it over the next 25 years.
**Two Stars** Deep and defined but lifted by a sense of precision and wine-making polish that sets it apart from the crowd, Spottswoode's latest is a rich and well-crafted wine that tempers appropriate tannins with lots of incisive varietal fruit. Its touches of dust and complementary oak spice herald increased complexity with age, and, while five or six years in bottle will see it bloom nicely, it is built to improve for many years more.
Drying herb, mineral and graphite join grilled meat and dried currant in this taut, tannic, structured and backward youngster. Firmly tannic and chewy, very concentrated and tightly wound.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby-red. Superripe aromas of black fruits, licorice, mocha and espresso; not currently showing the classic floral character of this wine, despite the presence of 12% cabernet franc. Big, broad, chewy and dry, with cassis and boysenberry fruit flavors currently in the background. Finishes quite tannic and a tad dry. This was bottled late, in December of '08, owing to its tannic structure and its tightness in barrel, according to winemaker Williams.