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SPOTTSWOODE ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON, ST. HELENA NAPA VALLEY 2015 1.5L MAGNUM
Composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the deep purple-black colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautiful nose of dried roses, lavender and Chinese five spice over a core of warm blackcurrants, kirsch and wild blueberries, plus wafts of fallen leaves and dusty earth. The medium to full-bodied palate features the most amazing intensity of perfumed red, black and blue fruit flavors supported by exquisitely fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length and depth. Truly stunning.
San Francisco Wine Panel
NVWE Notes: Packed with deep flavor and possessing regal class and flawless balance, this is clearly one of the finest Spottswoode Cabernets ever made. Margaux-like scents of sweet pipe tobacco, cedar, violets/lavender, baking spices, damp earth, graphite, leather, and a cornucopia of blue and black fruits expressively waft from the glass in a room-filling, seductive bouquet. The wine is impeccably poised on the palate as waves of black cherry, blackcurrant, blueberry compote, blackberry, and just-ripe fig surge forth with elegant accents of baking spices, clove, cola, black olive, toffee, licorice root, dark chocolate, and violet tea. While nothing short of luscious in texture as so many Napa 2015s are, a perfect core of integrated acidity runs down the center of the wine, ensuring the trademark finesse, femininity, and length for which Spottswoode is so renowned world-wide. The extraordinarily fine-grain structural tannins serve as just enough of a backbone to balance the texture and promise a very long life. It is magnificently delicious already. And while it is most certainly no crime whatsoever to drink this rendition upon release, expect at least 25 years of glory as this masterpiece continues its evolution.