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)
Like the 2008, the 2009 Spottswoode is pretty primary, offering up youthful aromatics of dusty cherry, black raspberry and emerging notes of mint. Bright acids lift the palate and underpin a svelte chassis of fine tannins. Time is needed for more complexity to emerge. (WK)
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)
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)
In 2009, a hot vintage produced low-acid grapes, while production jumped to 2,748 cases. The wine was a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc and, for the first time, 1% Petit Verdot. The wine has an opaque purple color, a big, sweet kiss of blueberries and blackberries with charcoal embers, forest floor and a floral note. It is full-bodied, classic and rich with still-moderate tannins in the finish. The wine is still in its infantile stages, besides being seven years of age and probably won’t hit its prime for at least another 5-10 years. It has at least 30 or more years of aging ahead of it. (RP) 96+
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