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2013 Spottswoode "Family Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1270739 100 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (12/2017)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet with a touch of purple and exudes pure black truffles on the nose to begin, slowly unfurling to reveal a core of black cherries, warm blackcurrants and plum preserves with suggestions of eucalyptus, tilled soil, chargrill and new leather. Medium-bodied with a great intensity of earth-tinged black fruits, it has a firm frame of grainy tannins and a long truffle-laced finish. (LPB) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (1/2016)

98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is just as monumental as it has always been. A big, vertical wine, the 2013 exudes concentration, depth and vertical intensity-from the very first taste. Swaths of tannin wrap around a core of dark fruit in this brooding Cabernet Sauvignon. Licorice, coffee and leather overtones add the closing shades of nuance. Explosive and riveting, the 2013 remains one of the finest wines ever made here. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2018)

98 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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 Cellar Selections of 2017* (VB) Inner quote mark (2/2017)

97 points Decanter

Outer quote mark 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. (WK) Inner quote mark (5/2016)

K&L Notes

99+ points Robert Parker for Wien 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." (8/2016)


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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!

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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