Another success in a cooler vintage, Spottswoode’s 1999 bursts from the glass with attractive notes of mature black fruits, rich loamy soil, bay leaf and nicely integrated hints of creamy oak vanillin. On the palate, elegantly melted tannins give free play to juicy, sappy fruit. Vibrant but mature. (WK)
Healthy dark red. Wild aromas of black cherry, game and leather. Wonderfully silky and fine-grained, with intense flavors of black cherry, dark berries, herbs and spices nicely framed by strong acidity. This is more evolved than the 1996 and shows slightly harder tannins but is still full of life. There's a lovely subtle fruit sweetness here but this firmly structured wine is almost astringent compared to the 1996. This may still be a bit short of full maturity. (ST)
Firm, intense and spicy, with currant, blueberry, tobacco and cedar notes that are full-bodied, well-structured, balanced and concentrated. The tannins present a chewy aftertaste, yet the flavors flow through. The best of two bottles tasted. 1999 California Cabernet blind retrospective. (JL, Web only-2009)
This is a vintage that has always been tightly structured, with plenty of tannin and acidity. The 1999 Spottswoode exhibited that firmness and slight austerity with notes of black olive, cassis, dark cherries and chocolate in a tannic, earthy, spicy, medium-bodied style that still doesn’t seem to have hit its plateau of maturity. (RP) 90+
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