Monday, September 04, 2006



The Spottswoode vineyards and winery is a family owned business that dates back to 1882. George Schonewald who was an early pioneer of viticulture in the Napa Valley established the estate. The property is located in the St Helena region of the Napa Valley. The 40 acres of prime vineyards are complemented by the historic Victorian home that appears on the label. The Novak family who purchased the estate in 1972 now owns the winery and vineyards. The first Spottswoode cabernet was produced in 1982 and since then the wines have upheld a tradition of estate excellence and refinement.

Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

This vintage is very inviting and bursting with youthful charm. Layers and layers of sweet aroma open up the bottle with dark cherry and blackberry jam mingling with chocolate and ginger. The bouquet continues to deliver with a complex lashing of violets, apple blossoms and mango integrated with lemon curd and sea salt. This is an intriguing explosive wine that simply dances onto the palate filling the mouth with flavor and well-balanced tannins. The wine finishes with a lingering graceful oak component.

Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

This is a dynamic sweet flowing wine that opens with an uplifting bouquet of fresh ripe fruit and subtle toasty oak. Warm lashings of coffee and chocolate, plum and blackberry fill the nose and mouth. The flavors continue to develop with hits of cola, crème brulee and cinnamon layered with menthol, clove and banana peel. This wine possesses a rich complexity and a powerful full body that saturates the palate with flavor and feel.

Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

This is a dark, brooding and intriguing bottle with an inviting nose. The aromas of supple ripe blackberry and juicy plum dance out of the glass melding with hints of earth, pine and pumpkin. Notes of nutmeg, clove and cherry are off set with glycerin, molasses and graham cracker on both the nose and the palate. The wine flows like silk and leaves and lasting graceful impression.

Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

This is a deeply sensual and earthy wine with Bordeaux like look and feel. A sweet nose of Oreos, hay and menthol swirl in the glass with layers of plum and cedar revealing in the bouquet. Underlying hints of pepper, herb and stewed fruit deepen on the palate coating the mouth with a full feel and well-integrated balance.

Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

This is a soft tempting wine with a lovely slow release of aromas and flavors. Black berry and cherry fruits open the bottle with touches of tobacco, mineral and pepper reveling on the bouquet. Smoky oak and cedar are off set with herb, rose and spearmint to make for a delightful fresh taste. This wine delivers with refinement and a lovely oak balance. This is an age worthy bottle.

Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

This wine opens with a forward hit of black berry, tobacco and herb. Hints of cedar dust and cocoa powder mingle with nutmeg and a light touch of soy to create a powerful complex flow of aromas and flavors. The wine is well rounded and smooth with a long balanced finish.

Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

This vintage is a fine Spottswoode special with a bursting nose and an explosive palate. Blackberry pie and spice begin the bottle with clove, caramel and crème de cassis layered in abundance over the palate. Hints of plum, marzipan, toffee and cardamom are finished with a salty note to complete this lush graceful wine.

Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon1996

This is a dreamy bottle with a delicate sweet flow. The nose opens up slowly with earth and dried cherry fruits melding sweetly with tealeaves, root beer, pepper and liquorices. Soft tannins and a mouth filling flavor and feel finish this wine.

Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1995

This bottle is rich and delectable with an interesting nose of tobacco, cedar and herb complemented with concentrated fruit and mineral. On the palate the bouquet delivers on its promises of pepper, nutmeg, black tea and mocha. This wine is complex and layered with flavors and aromas. A graceful flowing feel finishes with spice and rose petal to leave the senses ignited.

Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1994

This is a youthful wine with a powerful fruit component and an earthy feel. On the nose hints of toast and bacon contrast with sweet white chocolate, black fruits, pine and cocoa. These aromas deepen on the palate coating the mouth in elegance and sweetness. A long savory finish completes this wine.

Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1993

This bottle opens up with a diverse aromatic structure that engages the senses and delivers on the palate. The nose is full of floral, earth essences with hazelnut, raspberry chocolate, brandy, and forest leaves. These scents deepen on the mouth with underlying hints of molasses and persimmon pudding completing the festival of flavors. A warm dry finish and silky feel define this wine.