2010 Spottswoode "St. Helena 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)
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is drop-dead gorgeous. Over the last 12 months the 2010 has fleshed out beautifully. Today, the 2010 is rich, full-bodied and intense. The structure is that of a cold vintage, but the fruit and density are those of a year marked by three heat spikes. I imagine the 2010 will enjoy a long drinking window, starting in another few years, even if today the fruit is really popping. The 2010 is 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. This is a dazzling wine from Spottswoode. 96+
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, saturated ruby-red. Fresh, floral aromas of cassis, boysenberry, bitter chocolate and violet. Vibrant and impeccably balanced, with intense cassis and blackberry flavors given punch by nicely integrated juicy acidity. Finishes tactile and long, with plenty of bitter chocolate oak showing. A beauty, but give this at least six or seven years in the cellar or at least extended decanting. The dehydrated fruit in 2010 was declassified, noted winemaker Aron Weinkauf. Lovely wine. 94(+?) points.
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. Best from 2014 through 2024.
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.
Some heat spikes at the end of the season. Picked before the rains of October. Contains 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Aged for 18 months in 60% new French oak. Blackish purple. Intense, pungent, velvety. High toned and minerally but rich. Rich and spicy. Vibrant and lifted at the end. Extravagant. Dramatic. Not sweet. This is awfully good but it certainly isn't underpriced. (19/20 points)