Red

2003 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • St. Helena
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Community Tasting Notes 69

  • bonedoc wrote:

    February 4, 2017 - TWE LUNCHEON: 2/3/17... Bring a wine you will be "proud of"

    '83 margaux: beautiful wine, mature but not over the hill, great aromatics, dried fruit, cranberries, decent acidity (94)

    '09 kistler elizabeth: my wota, wow - deftly balanced fruit and acid, bright but powerful and somehow not overdone, sweet and tart fruit, cherries/cranberries, long finish (96)

    '10 Dumol PN Finn: delicious but overshadowed by Kistler, lighter style and less midpalate fruit (93)

    '01 Janasse VV: a bit over the hill, w/ some alcohol coming thru over the fruit but still delicious (92)

    '01 Spottwoode Mag: more savory notes, group liked this better than '03 but i liked '03 (94)

    '03 Spottswood Mag: more coffee/chocolate notes, slightly darker fruit profile - i preferred this over the '01 (95)

    '02 Insignia: longer finish than the spottswoode's, better midpalate fruit (96)

    '07 Les Pavots: a touch overdone, overripe, oaky compared to others although half the group loved this wine as their favorite, to me bottom of the cab lineup (92)

    '97 Shafer HSS: corked!

    overall, all great wines. the group generally liked the Kistler, '01 spottswoode, "02 Insignia and Pavots the best.

  • wine strategies Likes this wine:

    January 7, 2017 - In a good place now, not sure I'd wait much longer; sure will get different, though not sure it's going to get better. I liked this well enough, insofar as the purity is the key driver for me. But the overall build, it's not really something that gets me excited any longer. It was enjoyed by all, though to varying degrees, as I said. Not something I would seek out (unlike the vintages from the decade that preceded this).

    Aerated in decanter 90 minutes; served non-blind.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • Sonoma Duck Likes this wine: (92 points)

    December 17, 2016 - Perfect cork. Decanted for just 30 minutes. Medium ruby with black fruits and cedar. Drinking well right from the start. Fully mature but will keep for a few years.

  • Rezy13 Likes this wine:

    October 11, 2016 - Tuesday Night Double Blind $40+ (Alpharetta, GA): Black core with thin crimson rim; Bordeaux like nose, slight weediness, Cabernet, red currants, plumper, oak, chocolate; creamy oak on the palate, blackberry, menthol, seamless, fleshy, fine tannin, higher alcohol, sexy mouthfeel, blueberry, plush; very good though I'd like a touch more integration of the oak.

  • Rezy13 wrote: flawed

    April 19, 2016 - Tuesday Night Blind Tasting $70+ (Roswell, GA): Corked

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    May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • Type Red
  • Producer Spottswoode
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Estate
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation St. Helena

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 12 (0%)
  • In Cellars 2,061 (66%)
  • Consumed 1,055 (34%)

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