2003 Spottswoode Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
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Spottswoode Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena, USA 2003
WINE ADVOCATEIn 2003, production jumped up to 3,700 cases, with the blend identical to so many other vintages with 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc. This was a year where there was some freaky heat spells, but this wine has come through nicely. Deep bluish purple with notes of blackberry and cassis and charcoal followed by a soft, velvety textured, opulent and full-bodied wine that seems to be approaching full maturity. It is interesting, this wine is far more evolved, and on a faster evolutionary track than the 2001 or 2002. Nevertheless it is a beauty, loaded, layered and impressive. It must be one of the top 2003s. Drink it over the next 20-some years.
VINOUSSaturated dark red-ruby. Briary black fruits, coffee bean, flowers and earth on the nose; more primary than the '02. Fat and plush, with pliant, inviting dark fruit and licorice flavors showing a bit of alcoholic warmth. Finishes with a suggestion of bitterness. Is this wine in a tight phase today? Beginning with this vintage, Spottwoode has used St. Helena as the appellation on its label.