spottswoode cab sauvignon 14
|Varietal||Cabernet Sauvignon , Cabernet Franc|
Wine Advocate: 95 Points
The last wine in the vertical, the , had been bottled two weeks before I tasted it, and it is the highest production year for Spottswoode (4,922 cases), since the 5,713 cases made in 1992 and the 5,852 produced in 1991. The wine is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. This wine shows oodles of fruit, blackcurrants, blueberries, black raspberries, charcoal, subtle oak and a full-bodied, inky, intense mouthfeel with a boatload of tannin, but the fruit is present to balance it out. This wine needs another several years of bottle age and, while not up to the levels of and , it is a highly successful effort and capable of lasting 30-35 more years.