2001 Spottswoode "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1011050 100 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is liquid gold and as magnificent a Napa Valley Cabernet as I could imagine. Incredibly complex notes of crème de cassis, tobacco leaf, sandalwood, and dried flowers all emerge from the glass, and this full-bodied, flawlessly balanced beauty has perfectly integrated tannins and a finish that keeps you coming back to the class. As with all the wines here, it has a classic elegance paired with beautiful richness. Inner quote mark (5/2021)

97 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark It has a profoundly savory nose of smoked meats, truffles, tapenade and sautéed herbs with an amazingly fruity core of crème de cassis, preserved plums, baked cherries and blueberry pie with touches of spearmint and wilted roses twinkling in the background. Medium-bodied, elegant, very finely crafted and singing with energy, the palate delivers layer upon layer of nuanced black fruit flavors, finishing very long and very perfumed. (LPB) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The 2001 Spottswoode is a ripe wine but it retains its cohesion, opening up in the glass with a blaze of cedary dark fruit before developing loamy soil tones and an attractive top-note of violets. On the palate, the wine’s chassis of refined tannins and bright acids give a nicely classical impression. (WK) Inner quote mark (10/2015)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Alluring, complex aromas of currant, boysenberry, game, coffee bean and mocha, along with some sexy nutty oak and a touch of floral lift. Supple and plush but firm on entry, then alive in the middle palate, even if the flavors of plum, berries, dark chocolate, tobacco and spices appear to be a bit past their peak. Still, this nicely concentrated wine boasts good density of texture and inner-mouth lift and is beautifully filled in without being heavy or sweet. I initially thought that slightly spiky acidity gave the middle palate a faint dryness but my sample held up beautifully for 48 hours and I raised my score and extended my peak drinking plane. In fact, this wine showed better balance and greater sweetness and breadth with extended aeration and lost its spiky quality. (20th anniversary bottling) (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2020)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Another fabulous ‘01 Napa Cab. This beauty maintains a pleasing balance between the sheer power of its well-ripened cherry and blackberry fruit flavors, and an earthy quality grounded in firm tannins and good acidity. Totally balanced, dry and harmonious, this Cab exudes elegance and style. Inner quote mark (3/2005)

K&L Notes

Spottswoode was one of the Napa Valley's pioneers in organic viticulture. Robert Parker says "This beauty is one of the most provocative and intense efforts of the vintage, yet it is strikingly delicate for its concentrated personality."

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