The ’88 Cabernet from Spottswoode has aged beautifully. The nose is open and generous with black fruits, cedar, pinecones and orange blossom. The palate is well-knit with very good concentration considering its age with just a hint of strawberry sorbet on the entry entwined with star anis. Lovely definition and poise, with a silky smooth finish, this bottle is well above my expectations. Tasted June 2010. (NM-Wine Journal)
The 1988 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon came across as quite pretty and delicate, with soft fruit and good balance.
Very dark blackish crimson. Still quite youthful, or at least relatively inexpressive on the nose. Lovely gentle texture on the palate with real lift. Very elegant texture although it hints that it has still to reach its full aromatic potential. Quite long and dusty on the finish. The millikens have always perceived it as being difficult but it has apparently been increasingly impressive in recent years. (LM) 18/20 points.
Focused and elegant, this offers plush berry and cherry flavors with a minty accent, bright and lively. A success in a difficult vintage.
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