Production fell back to about 4,300 cases in 2001, which was a fabulous growing season in Napa Valley and from the get-go heralded as a profound vintage. Certainly Spottswoode hit all cylinders with its blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, and the first in a series of wines from them that eclipsed 14% alcohol (this one is 14.1%). Still dense purple to the rim, the wine is a young adolescent, with beautiful floral notes intermixed with deep crème de cassis, blackberry and blueberry Hints of licorice and graphite also present in this full-bodied, multilayered, magnificent and majestic Cabernet Sauvignon that is shaping up to be a great classic. There is at least 25-30 years of tasty longevity left in this large-scale Spottswoode that still seems to have a vague resemblance to Château Margaux. Bravo! (RP) 98+
The 2001 Spottswoode is a ripe wine but it retains its cohesion, opening up in the glass with a blaze of cedary dark fruit before developing loamy soil tones and an attractive top-note of violets. On the palate, the wine’s chassis of refined tannins and bright acids give a nicely classical impression. (WK)
Good bright, dark red. Wonderfully complex, soil-driven scents of redcurrant, plum, coffee, mocha, nutty oak and malted milk balls; smells dense. At this point in our tasting, Beth Novak Milliken noted that the structure of early Spottswoode vintages was carried by acids and tannins, while this one is carried by its fruit. Utterly smooth, suave, refined wine with redcurrant, plum, black cherry and tobacco flavors given shape by perfectly integrated acidity. Finishes with harmonious tannins and lovely length. I like this! (ST)
Another fabulous ‘01 Napa Cab. This beauty maintains a pleasing balance between the sheer power of its well-ripened cherry and blackberry fruit flavors, and an earthy quality grounded in firm tannins and good acidity. Totally balanced, dry and harmonious, this Cab exudes elegance and style.
A rich and fruity red with hints of walnuts, plums, currants and forest flowers. Full-bodied, round and rich with loads of fruit. Wonderful length. Richness with intensity now.
While is never as big or as blustery as the majority of high-ticket Cabernets have typically become, this well-defined wine gets it right as far as well-focused fruit is concerned and is never held hostage to ripeness. Medium-full-bodied and wonderfully supple in feel, the wine evokes a real sense of crafting from beginning to end, and its lasting finish is underpinned by finely fit tannins that will hold it together as its complexities grow over the next five or six years.
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