A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, and the last wine made by Pam Starr at Rombauer Vineyards, the 1995 offers worthy competition to the magnificent 1994, which was more highly heralded. A touch of spring flowers, intermixed with crème de cassis, licorice, lead-pencil shavings and cedar, are all present in this wine of great intensity and full-bodied power, but with an elegance and finesse that, again, similarly suggests a Château Margaux made in St. Helena. This beautiful wine should continue to drink well for another 25 years. (RP)
Spottswoode’s 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon is a fabulous choice for drinking now and over the next handful of years. Sensual and intensely perfumed, but with plenty of underlying grip, the 1995 is super-expressive today. Sweet red cherry, plum, hard candy, mint and crushed flowers are all fused together. Silky and soft contours add to the wine’s considerable appeal. The 1995 is a decidedly ripe, open-knit, yet also deceptively mid-weight Cabernet from Spottswoode that should continue to age gracefully on its impeccable balance. (AG)
A complex web of mature currant, cedar, mocha and plum are ripe and vibrant, with a hint of wild berry jam peeking through on the finish. Impressive for its balance and integration of tannins, which are supple. (JL, Web-2005)
Showing the first signs of age but also plenty of extract, this is a rich, dense offering from a vintage noted for such wines. It will begin to reach high drinkability in a few years and can be expected to hold for a decade or more. One star when first reviewed.
Bright dark red. Fully evolved aromas of cherry, red berries, cedar and fresh herbs, lifted by a suggestion of dried flowers. Juicy but on the skinny side, showing limited mid-palate flesh and sweetness and a distinctly autumnal cast to its red fruit, mocha and herb flavors. (ST)
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