1998 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon - 1.5L

  • WA 91
  • IWC 90

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WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2016
1998 produced a smaller crop (4,300 cases), but was an identical blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. The wine, like the 1997, was made at the Napa Wine Company, right before the Spottswoode Winery was... 1998 produced a smaller crop (4,300 cases), but was an identical blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. The wine, like the 1997, was made at the Napa Wine Company, right before the Spottswoode Winery was completed. It exhibited no signs of greenness, despite the fact that it was a cool year with most of the heat coming at the end of the season. Notes of black and red currants, cedar wood, graphite and spice box are all present in this surprisingly strong 1998 that seems to have hit its plateau of full maturity. For that reason, it is probably best consumed over the next 7-8 years to take advantage of the delicious fruit that it has, although there is not the depth of structure and intensity of the great vintages. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
IWC 90
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2000
...Subdued lightly floral aromas of black raspberry boysenberry licorice mint and spicy oak. Juicy bright and delineated with a consistent texture and restrained sweetness. Shows a slight medicinal austerity. Not a... ...Subdued lightly floral aromas of black raspberry boysenberry licorice mint and spicy oak. Juicy bright and delineated with a consistent texture and restrained sweetness. Shows a slight medicinal austerity. Not a particularly rich vintage but finishes with dusty even tannins and good length.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 1998