1999 Spottswoode Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
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Spottswoode Family Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena, USA 1999
WINE ADVOCATEIn 1999 production fell below 4,000 cases, but the blend stayed the same: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. This is a vintage that has always been tightly structured, with plenty of tannin and acidity. The 1999 Spottswoode exhibited that firmness and slight austerity with notes of black olive, cassis, dark cherries and chocolate in a tannic, earthy, spicy, medium-bodied style that still doesn’t seem to have hit its plateau of maturity. Give it another 4-5 years, but I am wondering, as I have with many 1999s, are they ever going to achieve the full potential that was predicted in their youth?
VINOUS(the first vintage made in the new winery): Healthy dark red. Wild aromas of black cherry, game and leather. Wonderfully silky and fine-grained, with intense flavors of black cherry, dark berries, herbs and spices nicely framed by strong acidity. This is more evolved than the 1996 and shows slightly harder tannins but is still full of life. There's a lovely subtle fruit sweetness here but this firmly structured wine is almost astringent compared to the 1996. This may still be a bit short of full maturity.
WINE SPECTATORFirm, intense and spicy, with currant, blueberry, tobacco and cedar notes that are full-bodied, well-structured, balanced and concentrated. The tannins present a chewy aftertaste, yet the flavors flow through. The best of two bottles tasted.