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2011 Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker

A surprisingly strong effort, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits hints of black olives and tapenade as well as copious notes of creme de cassis, licorice and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied and atypically concentrated for a 2011, this is another tour de force from Spottswoode that boasts beautiful fruit and a long finish. It should drink well for 8–12 years. Kudos to the Novak family! 90 points (October, 2013)

International Wine Cellar, Steve Tanzer

(the blend was not quite finalized at the time of my visit): Bright ruby-red. Pungent aromas of blackberry, violet, minerals, menthol and licorice. Juicy, bright and tight, showing less flesh and depth than the stellar 2010 example. With moderate mid-palate stuffing, this young wine is dominated today by its firm tannic spine. 90–92 points (May/June, 2013)