2013 Spottswoode "Lyndenhurst" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1270740 96 points James Suckling

 Fantastic aromas of blueberry, blackberry, violets, black licorice and stones. Full-bodied, firm, silky, and fresh. Very long and balanced. Beautiful tannins. All in harmony. Drink in 2019.  (1/2016)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine employs 73% Spottswoode Estate Vineyard fruit, but also ventures to other sites, including Young Inglewood, Oakville Ranch and Darms Lane. Dusty cedar, blackberry and pencil shavings dot a structured, classically stylized landscape, additionally seasoned in black pepper and clove. It has length for miles; enjoy best 2023 through 2033. *Cellar Selection* (VB)  (2/2017)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 Aron Weinkauf bases this wine on estate-grown fruit from the western benchlands of St. Helena. He includes fruit from growers in the eastern mountains of Oakville and the benchlands of Oak Knoll, south of Yountville, adding a cooler element to the blend. The length of fruit and the wine’s gentle elegance is immediately apparent, though it feels black and a little medicinal at first. With air, it develops brightness to balance the richness, a burst of freshness to open the flavors of a sleek and serious Napa Valley Cabernet.  (12/2016)

91 points Vinous

 The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Lyndenhurst is dark, pliant and supple, all of which make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Sweet red plum, tobacco, cedar and leather add shades of aromatic nuance. The 2013 finishes with a good bit of brightness, but what stands out most is how the tannins have softened over the last year. (AG)  (12/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of the iconic wineries of Napa Valley, their 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Lyndenhurst, a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec and the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this is s softer, less prodigious wine than the flagship wine from their estate in St. Helena. This wine exhibits a nice, healthy, dark ruby/purple color, a sweet nose of black cherries and blackcurrants and Margaux-like finesse in a medium-bodied, supple and seductive style. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)  (12/2015)

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Staff Image By: Brian Allie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/24/2016 | Send Email
Juicy and fresh, the Spottswoode Lyndenhurst Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon possesses a great bright balance. This is a wonderful bang for your buck from Spottswoode, since it is made with the same love and care as their first growth wine, with 73% fruit from their own estate. Bright and bold floral notes give way to chocolate dipped cherry and coffee flavors. Should age very nicely over the next few years. Enjoy!

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2016 | Send Email
This might be a "second wine" but it is better than many "firsts"! It starts off with a dark cherry ans sweet spice nose with a core of bright red fruit. The palate if full with good tannins and restrained used of oak that rounds and polishes the wine. Concentrated red fruits, dusty Napa spiciness and great length. Drink or hold, the later will be hard to do.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.