Another super-impressive effort, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon boasts stunning depth and sheer power. Black currants, pencil shavings, mocha, incense and melted road tar are all woven together gracefully in this powerful, opulent wine. The tannins remain firm, so another few years of cellaring is a must. There is serious density and sheer power to burn. Today the 2009 is a touch less vibrant than the 2010, but more overt and voluptuous. A brooding, muscular finish rounds things out beautifully. The 2009 is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2034. (AG)
Beautifully crafted and marked by a distinctively complex, subtle mix of dried herb, baking spices and floral scents, with a tight core of currant and blackberry. Finishes with a surge of flavors that build and expand. Best from 2014 through 2028. *Collectibles - Top 100 Wines of 2012* (Web Only-2012)
Full ruby-red. Cassis, dark chocolate and violet on the lively nose. Seamless and lush in the style of the year, showing the roundness and finesse of the best Spottswoode vintages. Finishes with toothcoating sweet tannins and a complete absence of rough edges. This doesn't show the tannic mass of the more backward and powerful 2008 but it's suaver and has plenty of structure for a graceful evolution in bottle. (ST)
Bright red-ruby. Very closed, primary nose hints at blackberry, menthol and leather. At once dense and juicy, with surprisingly strong acidity currently keeping the cassis and bitter cherry flavors under wraps. There's a lurking creaminess in the middle palate but today this wine is dominated by its elevated acidity and firm tannic spine, which clamps down on the spicy finish. Incidentally, Beth Novak Milliken expressed the opinion that the 2006 through 2009 vintages are going through an awkward pre-teen stage. "Our wines are great for about four years after release, and then go through some all-elbows years," she said. 92+ (ST)
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