2013 Spottswoode "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Yields continued to increase in 2013, with just over 4,000 cases of wine from a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. This is another killer effort from Spottswoode. Inky bluish purple to the rim, it has hints of violets intermixed with sweet foresty notes, blackcurrants, chocolate and a touch of subtle smoke and earth. It is dense, with higher acidity and more noticeable structure than the 2012, but is as concentrated, dense and promising. Some patience is warranted in 2013, and I would suggest waiting another 5-6 years before pulling the cork on one. It is a 50-year wine at the very minimum and a great classic. 99+ points. (RP)
Glorious blueberries, blackberries, violets and hot stones. Cloves and other spices. Even sliced mushrooms. Full body, very firm tannins and persistent and savory finish. A tight and polished young cabernet.
Vivid, nuanced and explosive, the estate's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses remarkable intensity and pure power. The 2013 is one of the most precise wines I have tasted here in some time. Dark blue and black fruits, cedar, lavender and leather are all vivid and beautifully articulated throughout. The flavors build effortlessly to the huge, dramatic finish. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated ruby to the rim. Classic young Spottswoode scents of cassis, boysenberry, black cherry, lavender and coffee bean. Wonderfully juicy but tightly wound, conveying a medicinal backward character to the flavors of dark fruits and musky cocoa powder. The tannins are huge and a bit chalky but not dry. This extremely primary, floral wine should be long-lived and should ultimately merit an even higher rating. Novak Milliken described the 2013 as the most tannic recent vintage for Spottswoode. "The 2012 has bigger, plusher fruit and the 2010 has sweet fruit over a precise backbone, while the 2013 has more masculine tannins but also some wonderfully floral aromatics that the 2010 does not have." (Incidentally, I had the chance to sample the 2014 Spottswoode from barrel and it's also a fairly massively tannic and highly concentrated wine. But in the early going it can't quite match the 2013 for floral lift. 93+ points. (ST)