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)
Bright, full medium ruby. High-toned aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, licorice, violet and herbs. Densely packed and juicy, with its dark berry flavors given definition and lift by repeating licorice and violet qualities. This very suave, fine-grained wine finishes with firm but totally integrated tannins and sneaky rising floral length. When I tasted this wine as part of my Spottswoode vertical back in 2016, I thought it was just short of its peak. Now it has arrived, and this sample did not show the faint leathery quality of my last one, suggesting it should remain fresh for a good while. (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. (JL, Web-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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