Robert Parker 100
“Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is still very tight and youthful, slowly unfurling to reveal a multifaceted wine with tons of black, blue and red fruit sparks-plums, cherries, black currants and red currants-with dark chocolate, cedar chest, black tea and red roses in the background plus wafts of pencil lead and prosciutto. Medium-bodied and firmly textured by superbly ripe, grainy tannins, it has a fantastic core of intense, complex layers, finishing on an edifying mineral note. Wow!”
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2060
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is elegant, plush and silky, like the 2012, but with a little more of everything. Dark cherry, plum, licorice, leather and espresso are all nicely lifted by the natural freshness of the year. At present, the 2016 is a bit shy, but it undoubtedly has a very bright future. Floral, perfumed notes add the closing shades of nuance. Spottswoode’s Cabernet is quite gracious in 2016, not to mention incredibly delicious.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2041
Layered crimson. Balsam notes and really high-toned. Sweet start but not sickly (or alcoholic) in any way. Definitely Napa but beautifully balanced. Long and rich but so nuanced! Tea leaves.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2038