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2008 Spottswoode "Family Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1075159 98 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark While all these wines have a certain Bordeaux-like character, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is unquestionably a dead-ringer for a great vintage of Château Margaux and has an incredibly complex, full-bodied, layered style carrying ample darker currant fruits, lots of chocolate, spice, smoked earth, and incense notes, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It opens up nicely with time in the glass and is fully mature yet should continue evolving for another 15-20 years. Inner quote mark (5/2021)

97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A beautiful Cabernet nose with masses of black currants and sun baked stones. Full bodied, with heavy tannins and a big complex structure. The long finish rounds out this sleeping giant. Six to eight years from now this will be very ready to go. Inner quote mark (6/2011)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A small crop of 1,953 cases and a final blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc emerged from the 2008 vintage, that was known for the damaging fires north of Napa and Sonoma that caused smoke damage to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards in Anderson Valley and sites on the Sonoma Coast. The wine from Spottswoode is pure and rich with deep ruby/purple color, a touch of blackcurrants and floral notes, a medium to full body, slightly chunkier and less profound than the 2007, but still another top-notch effort from this first-growth terroir. It should continue to drink well for another 15-20 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (8/2016)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark If anything, this 2008 seems riper and more candied than its 2007 sibling. The aromatics are still primary but expressive, bursting with black cherry, plum and hints of charcoal. On the palate the wine is generous, voluminous and open knit. (WK) Inner quote mark (10/2015)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright medium ruby. Some distinctly roasted notes to the aromas of cassis, black cherry, blackberry and dark chocolate, but aeration brought more vibrant violet and menthol nuances. Moderately sweet, plush and fine-grained; seriously extract-rich wine with concentrated, ripe flavors of dark berries, spices and violet. Finishes chewy and very long, with building but nicely buffered granular tannins. Much livelier in the mouth than on the nose, with little sign of overripeness. A second bottle showed a slightly darker color and a fresher nose, plus very concentrated, well-delineated flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, licorice, dark chocolate and minerals. This very suave sample finished with a restrained sweetness, smooth tannins and resounding savory length, spreading out horizontally to coat the teeth and palate. The 2008 Spottswoode is showing more depth and less pepperiness today--not to mention greater depth--than the bottle that was part of my extensive vertical tasting at Spottswoode in 2016. It has a terrific future. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Firm, dense and chewy, deep and concentrated, with complex currant, dried berry, blueberry, mineral, sage, cedar and tobacco flavors. Very tight, this needs of aeration and/or cellar space. Ends with an aftertaste of loamy earth. (JL) Inner quote mark (11/2011)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Very muted, light nose that grew in the glass. Then sweet, fully formed fruit with lightly tarry finish. At peak? Still a little fine tannin on the end. Hint of mint. A big contrast to the 2011 – very much a Napa wine though much fresher than many. Plump but super-clean on the end. 18/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

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