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Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Category: Red Wine
Varietal:Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Region: California » Napa Valley » St Helena
Producer: Spottswoode
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The 2003 growing season challenged us with some of the most unusual spring weather we have experienced. Warm, record-breaking March temperatures preceded a wet and cool April. The bumpy spring conditions eventually transitioned into flawless fall weather. This was the essential climatic ingredient needed to delivery beautifully ripe Cabernet Sauvignon. The results are spectacular, the wine age-worthy. Youthful and racy, brimming with blackberry and dark cherry fruit, violets, apple blossoms, chocolate mousse, and spice, with well-integrated tannins and a lovely, polished palate. Patience is requested to fully appreciate this elegant vintage.

Wine Advocate

Previously recommended, but no tasting note given.

Score: 94. —Robert Parker, December 2008.

International Wine Cellar

Ruby-red. Complex aromas of currant, plum, leather, tobacco, cedar and menthol, along with a faint dusty note. Then supple, rich and layered, with a very smooth texture. Not yet as sweet as the 2004 but plenty full in the mouth and more suave. Finishes with serious tongue-coating tannins that call for at least five or six years of cellaring.

Score: 92+. —Stephen Tanzer, May 2006.

Wine Enthusiast

A sturdy young Cabernet showing great harmony and class. It's fresh in ripe tannins, very poised and balanced, with a great depth of cedary blackberry fruit. This is really classic Napa Cabernet, so elegant, and a great food wine.

Score: 92. —Steve Heimoff, May 01, 2007.

Wine Spectator

Subtle aromas of red currant, black cherry and plum carry over to the palate in an elegant, supple manner. Excellent balance, depth, complexity and length. The finish is long and persistent, keeping the emphasis on the fruit. Drink now through 2012. 3,699 cases made.

Score: 92. —James Laube, October 31, 2006.

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