Ask Sid: Best Spottswoode Vintages?

July 7th, 2021
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Question: What is your opinion of Spottswoode winery’s cabernet sauvignon and what were the best year or years?

Answer: You have selected one of the historic wineries in Napa Valley. The conscientious Novak family at SPOTTSWOODE were grape growers since 1972 and wine producers from their own Estate fruit since 1982. Their emphasis on sustainable soil practices farming both organically since 1985 (certified 1992) and biodynamic (2020) is admirable. Also helped by wine critic’s high scores right out of the gate by Wine Spectator’s James Laube in California’s Great Cabernets with 95 points for both 1985 & 1986 to the perfect 100 scores for 2002, 2010, and 2015 by Wine Advocate. Your scribe hasn’t tasted the 2018, 2019, or 2020 but you should be encouraged by their consistency and their ability to capture the unique character of what each vintage provides from this special vineyard.

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July 7th, 2021

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