2010 Spottswoode "Family Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (3L)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Production in this cooler year than 2009 produced 2,586 cases and the blend was 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Consistently perfect from barrel and bottle multiple times, the 2010 is one of the recent blockbuster efforts from Spottswoode. Superb aromatics of spring flowers, blue and black fruits, forest floor and a touch of toast, are followed by a wine of exceptional intensity, texture, purity and a full-bodied finish with velvety, but noticeable tannins. This is still extremely young, but also remarkably impressive even though it is only six years of age. Expect this to hit its prime in about 10 years and last for at least 40. (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.
Deep ruby to the rim. Compelling purity to the aromas of black cherry, cassis, huckleberry, violet, menthol and licorice. The palate shows an almost syrupy ripeness to its dark berry and spice flavors, with the new oak element contributing sweetness. Shows none of the pyrazine character of the 2011, another cool, late year. Finishes with firm but noble tannins and terrific punch and length. Lay this beauty down. (ST)
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. (JL)
*Two Stars* 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.