2013 Spottswoode "Family Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1270739 100 points Jeb Dunnuck

 One of the most classic examples of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon I could image is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from Spottswoode and this blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot is a truly heavenly, classic wine built for the ages. Offering beautiful notes of black and blue fruits, graphite, exotic spices, violets and spring flowers, with a touch of earthy, damp river rock-like minerality, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, stunning purity of fruit, perfect balance, building tannin, and a great, great finish. While a number of 2013s have closed down at this point, this still offers beautiful freshness and purity, yet will ideally be given another 4-5 years of bottle age and enjoyed over the following 3-4 decades. Do you want a sure bet in awesome, age-worthy Cabernet from northern California? Buy this wine. 100 points (December 29, 2017)  (12/2017)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Yields continued to increase in 2013, with just over 4,000 cases of wine from a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. This is another killer effort from Spottswoode. Inky bluish purple to the rim, it has hints of violets intermixed with sweet foresty notes, blackcurrants, chocolate and a touch of subtle smoke and earth. It is dense, with higher acidity and more noticeable structure than the 2012, but is as concentrated, dense and promising. Some patience is warranted in 2013, and I would suggest waiting another 5-6 years before pulling the cork on one. It is a 50-year wine at the very minimum and a great classic. (RP) 99+  (8/2016)

98 points James Suckling

 Glorious blueberries, blackberries, violets, and hot stones. Cloves and other spices. Even sliced mushrooms. Full body, very firm tannins, and a persistent and savory finish. A tight and polished young Cabernet.  (1/2016)

98 points Vinous

 A truly monumental wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is simply magnificent. A huge, energetic wine, the 2013 exudes richness, concentration and depth. Cool, mineral and savory notes meld into a core of intense dark fruit in a vertical, towering Cabernet Sauvignon endowed with superb purity and depth. This is the best showing yet from the 2013. (AG) 98+  (12/2016)

98 points Wine Enthusiast

 This remarkable wine from the famed family-farmed, organic estate impresses immediately in its depth of concentration and stately grace, imparting a wealth of rose-garden compost and wild truffle on the nose. Within the vibrant range of sensual flavor is salted caramel, black cherry and chocolate, alongside a twist of saddle and campfire coffee. Its grip of focused tannin suggests years of aging potential; enjoy best from 2023 to 2033. *Ranked #4 on Top 100 of 2017, Cellar Selection* (VB)  (2/2017)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated ruby to the rim. Classic young Spottswoode scents of cassis, boysenberry, black cherry, lavender and coffee bean. Wonderfully juicy but tightly wound, conveying a medicinal backward character to the flavors of dark fruits and musky cocoa powder. The tannins are huge and a bit chalky but not dry. This extremely primary, floral wine should be long-lived and should ultimately merit an even higher rating. Novak Milliken described the 2013 as the most tannic recent vintage for Spottswoode. (ST) 93+  (6/2016)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 This is a meaty, intensely structured cabernet from the Novak family’s 40-acre vineyard in western St. Helena, farmed organically since 1985 (certified in 1992). The meatiness comes across in a spicy scent of fennel salumi, and a tannic structure that is rich and savory without being overly dense. The fruit itself is bright, with red notes and vegetal aspects of persimmon. Those elements meld in a complex young wine, with hints of the flavor detail waiting to emerge as it ages in bottle.  (12/2016)


 Top Five Wine of the Vintage: Nuances of clove, tar and graphite marry with aromas of crunchy dark fruit, introducing a firmly structured and intensely concentrated wine that displays striking cut and energy. This is one of the best young Spottswoodes of recent times, and one of the most vibrant, primary benchland Cabernet Sauvignons of the vintage – it’s also likely to be one of the most long-lived.

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Staff Image By: Brian Allie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/24/2016 | Send Email
Deep, dark purple in color, the 2013 Spottswoode Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is showing very well with a lovey internal core strength and great acidity. Aromas of vanilla and cocoa give way to flavors of dark blue fruits with cream and caramel with a lingering finish. Highly recommended!

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2016 | Send Email
A great wine from one of the Valley's classic producers. It is a supple and restrained wine that belies its intensity and concentration. Dark Cabernet fruit tones with subtle layers of spice, earth, sneaky tannins and a core of fruit that goes and goes. Drink this slow,this wine will have you savoring every sip and leave you a little heartbroken when it is gone.

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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.


- 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.
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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.