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2010 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon "Estate"

Winery: Spottswoode

Vintage: 2010

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Estate"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, & 2% Petit Verdot

Region: St. Helena

State or country: CA

Price: $145

Cases produced: 2,576

KWG Score: 96 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93)

Review date: November 18, 2013

Wine Review: This midnight blue colored Cabernet from St. Helena tied for second place in our first big blind tasting. It opens with a black currant bouquet with hints of mild leather, menthol, and blackberry. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, and fruit forward. The flavor profile is black currant with notes of integrated oak. We also detected hints of minerality, coffee, and black plum. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins stick around for quite some time. The panel thought this very nice Cab would pair well with braised short ribs. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: A bright ruby color invites you into black cherry aromas and flavors. The nose opens to blackberry, vanilla, dried leaves, toasted cedar, and a hint of graphite, and broadens to include strawberry, cassis and dark chocolate. The palate exudes young raw fruit, like a delicious berry compote. Surprisingly unctuous for this cool year with an attractive high-toned quality. Plush, structured tannins, great density and layers, a deep fruit core. Deftly balanced. A lovely integration of power and finesse.

Organic status: not organic

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