Red

2012 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • St. Helena
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Community Tasting Notes 60

  • Cailles wrote: 93 points

    July 13, 2020 - I’ve had this wine two years ago and it was a stunner (97 points) thanks to lots of fresh blue fruits and minerality and a fresh, elegant structure. Today it didn‘t work that well and showed less expressive and layered but also because I perceived it a tad sweeter, probably as it was served between an old world Pinot Noir and a Bordeaux from 2012. Not the best decision. Still, a highly enjoyable wine which probably isn‘t in is very best phase right now.

    TN: Dark and blue fruits, some violets on the nose. Nicely precise, medium- expressive. Medium dense palate, good intensity and precision displaying blue fruits, cassis, hints of floral aromas and slight hints of tobacco. Not the stunning, creamy, sexy yet subtle and harmonious wine as the last bottle but still with a very fine structure and good acidity. A tad too sweet finish.

    Decanting: Not decanted. As said above, I would wait a few years. If you open a bottle today, I would give it at least 3 hours in the decanter.

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  • Charlie C Likes this wine: 94 points

    May 20, 2020 - A beautiful wine with room to improve with age. Decanted for 2 hours. Rich plum nose. There are plums, black cherries and tobacco on the palate. Firm tannins, could afford to soften a bit. Nice acidity, great balance. Finishes long with dark fruits and sharp spice. Kept improving in the glass. Real elegance here. Needs 3 to 5 years to peak, will hold long after that.

    4 people found this helpful Comments (1)
  • DonDon wrote: 95 points

    April 18, 2020 - Only my second ever Spotteswood and loved it. I really enjoy Napa cabs but I am evolving away from the massive jammy fruit bombs and so this was such a treat. Everything in balance. Not overly tannic and fruit nicely restrained. Red / blue fruit notes, fresh and not jammy, good acidity. Long length. Just a pleasure to drink and a beautifully well made wine.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • Siebs Cellar Likes this wine: 97 points

    March 30, 2020 - Luscious fruit and velvety texture.

  • mhekman Likes this wine:

    March 14, 2020 - Color: nearly opaque ruby
    Nose: red fruit (cranberry/stawberry) with violet and rose
    Palate: medium body; very fruity; lightly concentrated with medium acidity. The structure is solid with high tannins that soften the mouth feel and are well integrated with an intense fruity finish with a hint of vanilla that lingers for several minutes. This is quite good.
    (15+25+22+32=94...but it likely gets better with age)

    3 people found this helpful Comment
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Spottswoode
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Estate
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation St. Helena
  • UPC Codes 4000129861113, 451645597507, 8001495700118, 8437007216011, 873922000072

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  • Pending Delivery 70 (1%)
  • In Cellars 5,039 (80%)
  • Consumed 1,168 (19%)

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