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2011 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased at retail

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RATINGS

96Vinous / IWC

Floral notes, gravel, herbs, rose petal and sweet red cherries infuse a classically-built, mid-weight Cabernet Sauvignon endowed with real class and personality... an exceptional, and I do mean, exceptional, wine.

95James Suckling

A solid Spottswoode with mint, currants, berries and flowers. Sweet tobacco and rose petals. Full body with silky tannins and a long, long finish. Tangy, energetic and lively... with form, tension and beauty. This is classic California.

18.5Jancis Robinson

Deep crimson. Very savoury and vibrant nose. Very serious and long term and dense. Just a bit chewy on the end. Sinewy. Rather reminiscent of Chateau Haut-Brion. A serious wine by any measure.

90Robert M. Parker Jr.

...exhibits hints of black olives and tapenade as well as copious notes of creme de cassis, licorice and forest floor.

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.