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2011 Spottswoode "Family Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1168745

Price: $139.99

VN 96 JS 95 RP 94
DC 93 ST 91
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As the rain clouds kept rolling over the Napa Valley in the fall of 2011, with grapes still hanging on the vine, it didn't bode well for the vintage. Surprisingly, many 2011 Cabernets are turning out rather nicely. Or perhaps, not surprisingly, in cases of estates with a great record of meticulous growing and winemaking like Spottswoode. Still, finesse more than muscle is the watchword here, according to the winery's reflections: "The 2011 Cabernet is captivating—beautifully capturing the essence of the Spottswoode Estate vineyard in this cooler-than-normal vintage. Our winemaker’s descriptors include, 'ripe black cherry, blackberry, nutmeg, dark chocolate, juicy ripeness with a hint of dried sage, graphite, concentrated black tea, ripe cranberry, and bay leaf.' The fruit characters are dynamic and vivacious, sharing layers of minerality, floralness, spices and herbs. Where some vintages get their strength from pure muscle and brawn, the 2011 draws its strength from its core and its finesse—much the same way a yogi exhibits strength and balance versus a weightlifter's brute heft."

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