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1996 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon

ITEM 8460131 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at auction

Bidder Amount Total
$130
Item Sold Amount Date
I8480324 1 $125 Oct 16, 2022
I8412333 1 $140 Aug 28, 2022
I8407886 1 $140 Aug 28, 2022
I8385331 1 $140 Aug 14, 2022
I8360488 1 $140 Jul 31, 2022
I8335295 2 $140 Jul 24, 2022
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RATINGS

93Wine Spectator

Delicious, sporting an elegant array of plum, black cherry, currant, herb and olive notes. Ripe, smooth and polished, flowing across the palate to a rich finish that lingers on and on.

91Stephen Tanzer

90+ Robert M. Parker Jr.

Notes of black and red currants, earth, menthol and cedar. The wine is medium to full-bodied, big, dense, slightly rustic, but ripe and chewy... certainly solid, mouthfilling and savory.

PRODUCER

Spottswoode

Spottswoode Vineyard & Winery was founded 1972 by Mary Weber Novak and her late husband, Jack Novak. The couple produced their first Cabernet Sauvignon in 1982. Located on a historic 19th century estate which still includes picturesque Victorian buildings, Spottswoode owns 35 acres of vineyards planted primarily in Cabernet Sauvignon, with small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel. Spottswoode’s Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is the winery’s premier wine, and it earns accolades from reviewers and collectors. The winery is still owned and operated by the Novak family. About 5,000 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley are produced each year.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena

St. Helena AVA is at the northern end of Napa Valley just north of Rutherford and south of Calistoga. It is a relatively warm climate thanks to the Mayacamas Mountains on its western edge, which protect it from Pacific Ocean fog. Out of the 9,000 acres in the appellation, some 1,500 are under vine. The principal grapes grown in St. Helena are the Bordeaux grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. St. Helena is considered prime wine producing territory, and it was one of the first important wine producing regions in northern California. The legendary Charles Krug founded his winery just north of the town of St. Helena in 1873, and today the appellation is home to many prestigious producers, including Abreu, Grace Family and Spottswoode.

TYPE

Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.