In 2002 very small yields produced only about 3,000 cases at 14.7% natural alcohol and a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc. This wine is going from strength to strength since I first tasted it prior to bottling. Now a perfect wine, the incredible perfume of blueberries, black raspberries and cassis, along with white flowers and camphor is extraordinarily fragrant and intense. That is easily matched by the magnificent full-bodied richness and compellingly layered mouthfeel of this wine that is rich, full-bodied and a still youthful vintage that remains capable of another 25-30 years of cellaring. This is a dramatic vintage for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and it is always fascinating to taste a top winery’s 2001 and 2002 next to each other because they are both such great years. However, the 2002s tend to be the more flamboyant wines, and the 2001s the more structured and broodingly backward. (RP)
Exceptionally concentrated crimson. Very dark. Sweet and so young there are practically fermentation aromas still! Big and yet beguiling. Lovely soft texture. A bit like I imagine the 1990 in its youth. Very well made. Rather glamorous and ritzy -- even a slight hint of coconut. Although it’s obviously a hot vintage there is Spottswoode elegance too. No shortage of alcohol though! 18+/20 Points (LM)
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