2017 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley$225.00
One of my favorite California Cabernet Sauvignon, we were able to taste this wine on our annual Spottswoode visit, and are happy to say the quality is pretty extraordinary. The 2017 vintage was a challenging one, but the vineyard management team at Spottswoode is top-notch. The result is a classic Napa Cabernet at a relatively low alcohol level compared to the other Cabernet’s produced in the valley. This wine should age quite nicely as well!
Wine Advocate( Lisa Perrotti-Brown) 97+ pts! Made of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple in color and prances out of the glass with vivacious blackberries, crushed black cherries, warm black currants and red currant jelly scents plus exotic hints of cassia, cardamom, fenugreek and star anise with a waft of underbrush. Medium-bodied, the palate has fantastic energy and beautiful poise, with bags of bright, crunchy black and red fruit plus a firm, fine-grained texture, finishing long and spicy.
Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 96 pts! Spottswoode’s 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon has been simply tremendous on both occasions I have tasted it so far. Sweet red cherry, red plum, flowers and mint give the 2017 striking freshness to complement its decidedly mid-weight structure. The intense heat of the vintage caused ripening to slow down and yielded a wine with just 13.7% alcohol, which is low for both the estate and Napa Valley in general. Spottswoode was one of the first estates in the valley to adopt a more moderate approach to farming and that really paid off in 2017, as a wine of this level in that year could have only resulted from impeccable farming. In a word: magnificent! (Drink between 2022-2042)