Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
|Region||California, Napa Valley, St Helena|
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon has a drop-dead gorgeous nose of Sichuan pepper, hoisin, peppered salami and fertile loam over a core of blackberry preserves and redcurrant jelly with touches of kirsch and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied and concentrated yet still maintaining that wonderful purity and elegance that is the signature of this estate, it has layer upon layer of earthy nuances and a very long finish.
Nuanced, with 10% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, this is a quietly powerful wine, smooth and structured and immediate in its beauty, yet possessed of legs to cellar for 20-plus years. Crushed flowers and rocks open on the nose, providing a clutch of minerality, as grippy tannins support red currant, plum and a freshness of persistent acidity. Try to wait on this one. Best 2024-2034.
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon comes across as a blend of the 2013 and 2012, with the darker fruit profile of the former and the mid-weight structure of the latter. Hints of mocha, chocolate, tobacco, menthol and licorice add shades of nuance, but the 2014 is in that stage where bottles are best left alone for several more years. Even so, the 2014 is another striking, alluring wine from Spottswoode.
Well-centered and flavorful, with a tangy mix of dark berry and cedar notes. The better of two bottles tasted. Drink now through 2030. 4,500 cases made.