2018 Spottswoode "Lyndenhurst" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1538187 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A wine well worth purchasing and cellaring, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Lyndenhurst sports a dense purple hue as well as classic Cabernet notes of blackcurrants, Asian spices, violets, licorice, and tobacco. Beautifully rich, full-bodied, and concentrated, it's one heck of a second wine that can be drunk today or cellared for 15-20 years. Inner quote mark (1/2021)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Lyndenhurst is a fabulous wine that shows just how compelling the vintage is, even among mid-tier offerings. Blackberry, graphite, cloves, licorice and lavender all build in the glass. The Lyndenhurst Cabernet is usually much more approachable, but the 2018 is a real powerhouse. I would give the tannins at least a few years to soften. This is impressive, to say the least. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2021)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Black plums, blueberries, chocolate, cloves and dried leaves. Black olives, too. It’s full-bodied with firm, fine-grained tannins. Chewy, generous layers of dark fruit and chocolate. Try from 2022. Inner quote mark (12/2020)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark There's a well-endowed core of warmed cassis and steeped plum fruit here, splashed with a sassafras note and backed by roasted applewood and melted black licorice on the finish. Rich in feel throughout. Best from 2022 through 2034. (JM) Inner quote mark (8/2021)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The deep purple-black colored 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Lyndenhurst comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant scents of fresh blackcurrants, black raspberries and Morello cherries plus hints of lavender, pencil lead and bouquet garni with a touch of Sichuan pepper. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is charged with electric energy, framed by grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing with great intensity and purity. (LPB) Inner quote mark (11/2020)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/15/2021 | Send Email
Every year we eagerly await the release of the new vintage of Spottswoode's benchmark Family Estate Cabernet. The very limited, highly allocated cases that we get sell out instantly to collectors and buyers who have the means to shell out $250 a bottle and have the patience to wait decades to drink it. This year's 2018 release was awarded not one, but two perfect 100-point scores (WA / JD) plus another 99-point score (VN) to back them. Our allocation evaporated in a mater of hours. However, Spottswoode's second label remains one of the most under the radar, affordably priced Cabs in the valley today. The Lyndenhurst bottling combines Spottswoode's estate grown fruit with supplementary grapes from like-minded neighbors (Young Inglewood and Parry Vineyards) plus fruit from trusted growers on Atlas Peak, and in the Oak Knoll District. The wine is crafted to the same exacting standard of the premier bottling by winemaker, Aron Weinkauf and team. The style is guided by staying true to a more classical, balanced, ageworthy, food friendly style of timeless Napa Cabernet. In 2018 several notable wine critics have awarded big scores and commented on the wines impressive QPR. The Lyndenhurst gives drinkers a chance to checkout Spottswoode's style at a much more accessible price point. The 2018 is a deep and powerful wine; lashings of black and blue fruits; blackcurrant, mulberry, damson, cedar chest, unsmoked cigar, crushed rock and pumice. Med-full bodied with good underlying structure but nothing hard or unyielding about the tannins. This is very serious Cabernet for drinking anytime over the next 20 years. Most producers in Napa can only dream that their flagship wine is this good, let alone their second wine! One of the best values out there for under $100.
Top Value! Drink from 2021 to 2040

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