2003 Spottswoode "Family Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2003’s sensational aromatics offer up scents of blueberries, black raspberries, currants, subtle wood spice and spring flower garden. Rich and full-bodied with exquisite purity, an ethereal elegance yet serious substance, texture and length, this is an example of great winemaking and viticulture. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have a first growth-like terroir. Still in its pre-adolescence, this beauty should age effortlessly for another quarter of a century. Bravo! 97+ (RP)
Wine & Spirits
Still very purple. Some floral notes on the nose – extremely youthful! Rather similar to 2002 – though with more acidity and bite. More prominent tannins because there is decidedly less flesh here. This may outlast it and even overtake it though… Briney finish.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Complex aromas of currant, plum, leather, tobacco, cedar and menthol, along with a faint dusty note. Then supple, rich and layered, with a very smooth texture. Not yet as sweet as the 2004 but plenty full in the mouth and more suave. Finishes with serious tongue-coating tannins that call for at least five or six years of cellaring. 92+ (ST)
A sturdy young Cabernet showing great harmony and class. It's fresh in ripe tannins, very poised and balanced, with a great depth of cedary blackberry fruit. This is really classic Napa Cabernet, so elegant, and a great food wine.
Subtle aromas of red currant, black cherry and plum carry over to the palate in an elegant, supple manner. Excellent balance, depth, complexity and length. The finish is long and persistent, keeping the emphasis on the fruit.
*Two Stars* Here is another outstanding effort from this exceptional winery. The grapes are grown in the St. Helena area at the north end of the Napa Valley's western benchlands that stretch from Yountville to St. Helena and are home to some of the world's leading red wines. In its better incarnations, such as this one, the wine is both ripe and very well-balanced with notes of currants and ripe cherries joined by rich, loamy suggestions and a noticeable layer of crème caramel oakiness.
Still very purple. Some floral notes on the nose – extremely youthful! Rather similar to 2002 – though with more acidity and bite. More prominent tannins because there is decidedly less flesh here. This may outlast it and even overtake it though… Briney finish. (17.5/20 points)
96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc.