Production in this cooler year than 2009 produced 2,586 cases and the blend was 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Consistently perfect from barrel and bottle multiple times, the 2010 is one of the recent blockbuster efforts from Spottswoode. Superb aromatics of spring flowers, blue and black fruits, forest floor and a touch of toast, are followed by a wine of exceptional intensity, texture, purity and a full-bodied finish with velvety, but noticeable tannins. This is still extremely young, but also remarkably impressive even though it is only six years of age. Expect this to hit its prime in about 10 years and last for at least 40. (RP)
The 2010 Spottswoode conveys an arresting sense of completeness and poise. Aromas of bright black cherry, blackberry, subtle spice and charcoal introduce a broad, large-scaled, layered wine. It is texturally generous but structurally serious and savoury. Drinking Window 2020-2050. (WK)
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Spottswoode remains remarkably primary, deep and intense, with a huge core of intense red fruit. The tannins have begun to soften, which seems to have released the aromas and flavors. Raspberry jam, mint, sweet spice and pomegranate infuse the building finish. The interplay of cool climate structure and ripeness that was pushed by three heat spikes at the end of the season resulted in an absolutely compelling and exotic Cabernet Sauvignon from Spottswoode. (AG)
Deep ruby to the rim. Compelling purity to the aromas of black cherry, cassis, huckleberry, violet, menthol and licorice. The palate shows an almost syrupy ripeness to its dark berry and spice flavors, with the new oak element contributing sweetness. Shows none of the pyrazine character of the 2011, another cool, late year. Finishes with firm but noble tannins and terrific punch and length. Lay this beauty down. (ST) 95+
Notably rich and generous, with a complex array of dark berry, currant and cassis flavors, delivering subtle herb, spice and cedar notes and ending with a dash of loamy earth. Most impressive on the finish, which sails on and on. (JL)
Notably dark crimson. Very intense with a graphite streak – intriguing! Round and bumptious. Exuberant fruit with ambitious structure.
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