1991 marked the last vintage with Tony Soter and Mia Klein. The year was the most abundant in Spottswoode’s history, producing 5,852 cases of a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc. Interestingly, this was also one of the great early stars in the tasting, showing that high yields can (when conditions are perfect – and they were in 1991, with a long growing season with plenty of sunshine, but no real extreme heat waves). This wine still has a dense, ruby/bluish-purple color, full body, a stunning nose of black raspberry, blackcurrant, licorice and camphor. The wine has fabulous intensity, full body, sweet tannin and a long, long finish. It is easy to say this has reached full maturity, but it still has a youthfulness and vibrancy that belies that notion. Look for this to continue to drink well for another 20 years. This is a great vintage for Napa Bordeaux blends. (RP)
(aged in 50% new oak, including 5% American oak): Healthy dark red. Sexy aromas of currant, plum, fresh fig and espresso bean. Very suave and fine-grained, offering terrific definition and inner-mouth floral lift to the flavors of red fruits, mocha and coffee. An impeccably balanced wine with sound acidity and bulletproof fruit. Finishes with a repeating note of dried flowers and harmonious tannins that build without turning dry. Twenty-five years young. (ST)
Wonderful balance and orchestration of flavor. Ripe, rich currant, black cherry, plum and berry flavors are vivid and well-defined. Hints of olive, cedar, sage and anise fill out a very complex and sophisticated finish. (JL, Web-2002)
Very healthy crimson. Vigorous, vibrant if still a little closed. Dark in the middle. Sweet, ripe nose. Very ripe front palate hit and almost opulent – perhaps the wine in this flight closest to the Napa Valley stereotype though still much lighted and more delicate than that. Quite high VA? But still quite a way to go. This one contains 9% Cabernet Franc. (LM)
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