In this hit-and-miss vintage that was not much heralded after the seemingly awesome trio of 1984 to 1986, Spottswoode has come up with an absolute masterpiece and easily its best wine of the entire 1980s decade. At twenty years old, it still has good color, plenty of vigor and richness, evident currant and loam aromas and a deep, solid, balanced structure in support of its ripe yet refined flavors. This one has a decade of perfect service in front of it and may last for years beyond that point. Two stars when first reviewed.
Full, deep red. More energetic on the nose than the '85, offering scents of currant, plum, herbs, camphor, cassis, cedar and tobacco. Conveys seductive subtle sweetness to its cassis, tea leaf, menthol and licorice flavors. Not fat but nicely pliant and suave, with subtle depth--and not at all edgy like the '82/'83 pair. A succulent wine with firm tannins and noteworthy energy. (ST)
Dark crimson without too much development. Particularly mineral without that much development. Intense and complete - some sweetness, even a little cassis which you don’t find all that often nowadays! Slightly raw and brutal. I’d like to see this mellow a bit. Though very clean and brisk on the finish.
Bright ruby-red. Perfumed, high-pitched aromas of raspberry, cranberry, violet and oak. Silky on entry, then intensely flavored, with good minerally lift and rather strong but nicely integrated acidity. A penetrating wine with modest flesh, but still fresh and aromatic. Finishes with firm tannins and good grip.
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