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2006 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon "Estate"

Winery: Spottswoode

Vintage: 2006

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Estate"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 98.5% Cabernet Sauvignon & 1.5% Cabernet Franc

Region: St. Helena

State or country: CA

Price: $130

Cases produced: 2,743

KWG Score: 94.2 (based on 5 reviews)

Average Virtual Score: 91 (based on 1 review)

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

Review date: December 1, 2009

Wine Review: This wine came in second place in our recent high end red tasting. It is very dark ruby colored and opens with a very fragrant black cherry bouquet with hints of oak, tobacco and licorice. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, very nicely balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is a very tasty black cherry with notes of menthol, and oak. The panel also detected a hint of plum as well. The finish is rather dry and its substantial tannins sail on for quite a while. The panel recommends this wine for your cellar, but with some decanting it would also pair well with a ribeye steak or a bacon wrapped filet. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: The 2006 vintage is an "alive" and complex wine that is concentrated and contemplative. It is full of fruit now, though it's easy to see that this wine has so much more to reveal. A lovely, deep Cabernet Sauvignon that is luscious and fresh with youthful aromas of homemade blueberry pie and fresh-crushed brambly fruit. Black currant, espresso, ginger, almond spice and rose petals. Lively oak notes; firm, yet supple tannins: terrific structure: a deep core of blue fruit. A textural delight—creamy and lovely, with great length.

Organic status: not organic

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