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96+ points Robert Parker, Wine Advocate; 96 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
WA: This first-growth estate in St. Helena has produced a 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon that is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. It is certainly one of the wines of the vintage. Gorgeously opaque purple, it offers up notes of spring flowers, blueberries, blackcurrants, some baking spice and graphite. It is full-bodied, concentrated and rich, with layers of fruit. The wine builds and builds on the palate, with a great finish of 45+ seconds. This is a sensational 2014 to drink over the next 20+ years.
VM: Spottswoode 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is striking. Black cherry, plum, graphite, spice and menthol are some of the signatures. Intensely mineral and savory, the 2014 comes across as a slightly restrained version of the 2013. The flavor and tannin profiles are both quite similar, but the 2014 is a bit smaller-scaled in all of its dimensions. That is not a bad thing, as the 2014 will be ready to drink sooner. This is an impressive showing.
From the winery: "Very bright, youthful aromatics invite you into the glass. Notes of cassis, fresh linen, citrus peel, blueberry muffin, warm wet stones, clove, cinnamon, and floral violets fill the nose. For such a young wine, this is already so elegant, mouthcoating, and rich. A true iron fist in a velvet glove. Tremendously juicy, dynamic, and vibrant with approachable, integrated tannins. This wine is a powerhouse and its balance is something to behold. While still holding onto its ‘baby fat’ at this time, this is Spottswoode at its finest. Hold for future enjoyment."
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