2008 Spottswoode Family Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
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2008 Spottswoode Family Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena, USA
Robert ParkerA small crop of 1,953 cases and a final blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc emerged from the 2008 vintage, that was known for the damaging fires north of Napa and Sonoma that caused smoke damage to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards in Anderson Valley and sites on the Sonoma Coast. The wine from Spottswoode is pure and rich with deep ruby/purple color, a touch of blackcurrants and floral notes, a medium to full body, slightly chunkier and less profound than the 2007, but still another top-notch effort from this first-growth terroir. It should continue to drink well for another 15-20 years.
VinousBright medium ruby. Some distinctly roasted notes to the aromas of cassis, black cherry, blackberry and dark chocolate, but aeration brought more vibrant violet and menthol nuances. Moderately sweet, plush and fine-grained; seriously extract-rich wine with concentrated, ripe flavors of dark berries, spices and violet. Finishes chewy and very long, with building but nicely buffered granular tannins. Much livelier in the mouth than on the nose, with little sign of overripeness. A second bottle showed a slightly darker color and a fresher nose, plus very concentrated, well-delineated flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, licorice, dark chocolate and minerals. This very suave sample finished with a restrained sweetness, smooth tannins and resounding savory length, spreading out horizontally to coat the teeth and palate.