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Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

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13.70% /
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Vintage: 2020
  • WS 93
  • WA 98
  • DEC 99
  • JD 96
  • KWG 97
  • WI 98
  • JCR 17/20
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    The Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 is a testament to the artistry of winemaker Aron Weinkauf. Crafted from estate fruit harvested at the peak of ripeness, this vintage showcases the exceptional quality and concentration that defines Spottswoode’s legacy.

    In the glass, this wine exhibits a youthful exuberance, with a deep garnet-purple hue that hints at its richness. The aroma is a captivating blend of violets, lavender, and cassis, enticing the senses with every swirl. Dark chocolate, cherry, plum, and subtle notes of graphite add depth to the bouquet, promising a complex and indulgent experience.

    On the palate, this Cabernet Sauvignon shines with vibrancy and boldness. It reveals flavors of black cherry and cassis, framed by velvety-textured tannins that impart a supple mouthfeel. As the wine evolves, it unveils an attractively soft, dusty-loamy texture, free from any overt signs of a challenging Napa vintage.

    The finish is a grand crescendo, marked by dark saturated fruit, purple florals, and polished graphite notes that linger with vivacious acidity and unwavering freshness. Spottswoode’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 is a potential masterpiece, showcasing the essence of Napa Valley in a bottle.

    The Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 has garnered a chorus of critical acclaim, attesting to its exceptional quality and finesse. With a noteworthy 93 points from Wine Spectator, it impresses with a harmonious mix of aromatic complexity and a fine-grained finish. Wine Advocate lavishes an extraordinary 98 points, lauding its concentration and the velvety texture of its tannins. Decanter bestows a remarkable 99 points, highlighting fragrant blackberry, rich tobacco spices, and an enduring finish of dark, saturated fruit. Jeb Dunnuck’s 96 points underscore its stunning fruit expression and remarkable length, while The Wine Independent’s 98 points commend its mouth-coating black fruits and solid structural framework. Jancis Robinson’s 17/20 points salute its cool restraint and notably dry finish. These accolades collectively affirm the Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 as a true masterpiece of Napa Valley winemaking.





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    Critical Acclaim

    WS 93
    Wine Spectator
    There's a lot to like about this one, with an expressive mix of singed alder, dried violet and sweet bay leaf notes leading off, followed by a sleek, iron-accented core of warmed cassis and bitter plum fruit. Fine-grained through the finish, with everything knitting nicely. Best from 2024 through 2038.
    WA 98
    Wine Advocate
    Tasted blind, in a lineup that included vintages back to 2010, a barrel sample of Spottswoode’s 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon stood out as being one of the most exciting efforts. Full-bodied, ripe and rich without being overbearing, it delivers concentrated black cherry and cassis fruit framed by supple, velvety-textured tannins. It’s long on the finish, with an attractively soft, dusty-loamy texture and no overt signs of a fire-troubled Napa vintage. 98–100 points (September 15, 2022)
    DEC 99
    Cristaldi’s 40: Top 2020 Napa Cabernets to buy Fragrant blackberry and black cherry, cassis and rich tobacco spices with lovely fresh earth notes and sweet kiss of new cedar wood. Incredibly concentrated dark berry fruit, fabulously angular tannins smooth with crisp edges. Purple florals, dried sagebrush and chocolate shavings with lots of graphite and deep iron-like mineral character. And a finish of dark saturated fruit that goes and goes; purple floral notes, too, polished and bright with vivacious acidity and freshness evident from the first sip to the finish. Potential 100-point wine. 99 points (September 2023)
    JD 96
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Tasted out of bottle, the 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate showed beautifully, and it’s certainly in the top handful of wines in the vintage. Offering beautiful red, blue, and black fruits as well as notes of tobacco, violets, and chalky minerality, it has medium to full-bodied richness, ripe, high-quality tannins, and outstanding length. It doesn’t show any signs of smoke taint and is a beautiful, incredibly impressive effort in the vintage that I suspect will evolve gracefully for two decades. 96 points (February 16, 2023)
    KWG 97
    Ken’s Wine Guide
    This midnight purple colored Cabernet Sauvignon from Spottswoode opens with a black currant and black cherry bouquet with hints of violet, eucalyptus, and cigar box. On the palate, this wine is medium plus bodied with integrated medium acidity. The mouthfeel is well-balanced, finessed, velvety, and seamless. The flavor profile is black currant and blackberry blend with notes of stony minerality and black cherry. We also detected hints of black tea, oak, and black raspberry. The finish is dry, and its refined dusty mild tannins are sustained nicely before they drift off.
    WI 98
    The Wine Independent
    The 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, tasted as a barrel sample, has 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot in the blend. Deep garnet-purple in color, it springs with notes of cedar chest, cinnamon toast, and black cherry preserves, leading to a core of blackcurrant pastilles, potpourri, and mocha. Medium-bodied, and big on flavors, the palate delivers mouth-coating black fruits with a rock-solid structure of firm tannins and lively acidity, finishing long. 96–98+ points (September 28, 2022)
    JCR 17/20
    Jancis Robinson
    Picked at just 23 Brix in late August when there was smoke but before any major Glass Fire impact. Made as usual. They sent as many as 300 samples to labs in Australia and British Columbia. To be released September 2023. Deep crimson. A little spicy on the nose but overall “cool” (!) and restrained with a notably dry finish. Drink 2023–2030. 17/20 points (April 23, 2023)

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