Robert Parker 91-93
"Nearly all Cabernet Sauvignon with only a tiny amount of Cabernet Franc in the blend, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is not nearly as expressive as the 2005 or the potentially perfect 2007. Stylistically faithful to the vintage, it is more monolithic and muscular as well as less expressive aromatically, but substantial in size, and somewhat masculine. It is a big wine that should age well, possibly turning out better than my range of scores suggests. Dense blueberry and black currant flavors are accompanied by a crushed rock/minerality as well as substantial tannins. Because of the wines structure, the estate is holding it longer in barrel in hopes of softening it and bring out more nuances - a smart decision in my opinion.
Spottswoode Vineyard is one of Napas most well-known landmarks, and its winemaking team, owner Beth Novack, and assistants Rosemary Cakebread and Jennifer Williams, represents a trifecta of talented young women. When the history of Napas great vineyards is written, the 40-acre Spottswoode Vineyard, tucked behind the quaint town of St. Helena, will be counted among the finest grand cru vineyards of the region. These wines have always been good, but over the last decade, the quality has soared, no doubt because of a much more strict selection in the vineyard as well as in the winery. A very fine second wine, Lyndenhurst, has also been introduced, which has increased the quality of the flagship offering, the Cabernet Sauvignon Estate. Like Bordeauxs top chateaux, Spottswoode has gotten serious about turning out a very fine second wine that is softer and more accessible, yet represents their vineyard character."
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