1986 Spottswoode Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
This has everything: deep color, rich, ripe aromas and bold fruit flavors, a velvety texture, depth and balance. It's delicious now but will improve for years. (TMO
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A strong showing for this Cabernet, Spottswoode's 1986 exhibits a youthful, unevolved, opaque ruby/purple color with some garnet creeping in at the edge. The sweet nose of cassis, lead pencil, and toast exhibits high class. Rich, medium to full-bodied, with moderately high tannin, this is a young, backward, delicious Cabernet Sauvignon that is just beginning to reveal its full personality. (RP)
Dark, evolved red. Currant and licorice on the nose, plus an inviting floral element. Lovely penetrating, firm wine with harmonious acidity shaping its flavors of currant and tobacco. Not a fleshy Cabernet but restrained and elegant, and still with life ahead of it. This was a sleeper vintage, noted Beth Novak Milliken, adding that "the 1985 was more meaty and in your face." (ST)
Healthy crimson. Rather lightweight nose. A bit reticent. Lovely lift and balance - great completeness. Great for now! Fully evolved on the palate. Just a bit muted on the nose. It seems ready to drink...and a bit dry on the finish, perhaps losing fruit slightly. Sappy. Appetising. 18/20 points (LM)
Robert Parker called Spottswoode "the Château Margaux of Napa."