2007 Spottswoode "Family Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Retasting the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon was a treat as I believe it is the greatest Cabernet Sauvignon Spottswoode has ever produced. Wonderful aromas of black raspberries, blueberries, black currants and flowers jump from the glass of this dark ruby/purple-tinged Cabernet. As I have stated before, if Chateau Margaux were in Napa Valley, it would be Spottswoode. The purity, balance and delicacy of this wine are impressive. Perhaps slightly less dense and powerful than the 2008, the 2007 is flawlessly put together with nothing out of place. It, too, should age effortlessly for 20-30+ years. (RP)
What a nose on this wine. So intense and powerful, with cassis, currants, and licorice. Amazing stuff. Full and very soft, with wonderful soft yet focused tannins and juicy fruit. Pure and beautiful.
Smooth, rich and understated, offering a subtle mix of ripe, full-bodied currant, blackberry and wild berry flavors that are deftly balanced, with a dash of cedary dill-laced oak. Slow to unfold, but in doing so offers great depth, concentration and complexity.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full medium ruby. Thoroughly ripe yet energetic aromas of boysenberry, blackberry and bitter chocolate. Big, rich and sweet, with lovely intensity and balance and an element of minerality that expands with aeration and contributes to an impression of clarity and grip. Really resounds on the very long, sweet finish. A great vintage for this wine.
Wine & Spirits
The Novak family farms 40 acres of vines behind their Victorian house in western St. Helena, producing Cabernet that’s notable for its elegance rather than overt richness or power. There’s coolness to this 2007, with scents that hint at the forests of the Mayacamas. The fruit is bright with cranberry edges, red cherry, plum and floral notes, lasting with minerality. The balance and refreshing savor marks this as a wine that will age with grace.
Smooth and supple, with intense cassis and subtle cedar and barrel spice notes. This is a richer wine than is typical of Spottswoode (likely due to recent replantings of diseased vines), yet it remains on the elegant side of the Napa Cab ledger. Firm acid backbone. 17.5/20 points. (LM)