1991 Spottswoode Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)

SKU #901357 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 1991 marked the last vintage with Tony Soter and Mia Klein. The year was the most abundant in Spottswoode’s history, producing 5,852 cases of a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc. Interestingly, this was also one of the great early stars in the tasting, showing that high yields can (when conditions are perfect – and they were in 1991, with a long growing season with plenty of sunshine, but no real extreme heat waves). This wine still has a dense, ruby/bluish-purple color, full body, a stunning nose of black raspberry, blackcurrant, licorice and camphor. The wine has fabulous intensity, full body, sweet tannin and a long, long finish. It is easy to say this has reached full maturity, but it still has a youthfulness and vibrancy that belies that notion. Look for this to continue to drink well for another 20 years. This is a great vintage for Napa Bordeaux blends (RP).  (8/2016)

93 points Vinous

 (aged in 50% new oak, including 5% American oak): Healthy dark red. Sexy aromas of currant, plum, fresh fig and espresso bean. Very suave and fine-grained, offering terrific definition and inner-mouth floral lift to the flavors of red fruits, mocha and coffee. An impeccably balanced wine with sound acidity and bulletproof fruit. Finishes with a repeating note of dried flowers and harmonious tannins that build without turning dry. Twenty-five years young. (ST)  (6/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Wonderful balance and orchestration of flavor. Ripe, rich currant, black cherry, plum and berry flavors are vivid and well-defined. Hints of olive, cedar, sage and anise fill out a very complex and sophisticated finish.--'81/'91 California Cabernet retrospective. (JL, Web only-2002)

Jancis Robinson

 Very healthy crimson. Vigorous, vibrant if still a little closed. Dark in the middle. Sweet, ripe nose. Very ripe front palate hit and almost opulent – perhaps the wine in this flight closest to the Napa Valley stereotype though still much lighted and more delicate than that. Quite high VA? But still quite a way to go. This one contains 9% Cabernet Franc. 17.5/20 points (LM)  (10/2006)

K&L Notes

Spottswoode offers this note from a blind vertical tasting held on November 13, 2013, with Bay Area sommeliers and wine critics: "Wonderful, classic Cabernet smells—pretty and warm. A delightful medley of primary and secondary characters. Everything from plum to tobacco, black tea to olive tapenade, mint to soy, with some bay leaf, pine needles, pepper, leather, rose petal, cranberry, and cassis. Smooth tannins, soft structure, nice texture, weight and acid. Clean and fresh and somewhat delicate, yet with discernible power. Feminine, inviting, and expressive with a silky texture. Is aging beautifully."

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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.