The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Top 100 Wines 2012, Jon Bonné
While this St. Helena estate’s current 2009 Cabernet is beautiful, its benchmark work with white grapes deserves attention, especially in a cold year that could, like 1998, turn out to be a beautiful vintage for white wines. Bay-leaf aromas reveal the cold year, but the perfumed fig and dense citrus peel, and a mastery of texture, show just how much winemaker Aron Weinkauf takes this seriously. Simultaneously luscious and nervy. A pinnacle for California. (December 2, 2012)
Vinography, Alder Yarrow
Tasting Notes: A blend of 61% Sauvignon Blanc, 36% Sauvignon Musque, and 3% Semillion, this wine has a light greenish gold hue in the glass. It smells of kiwi and green apple with a whiff of fresh bright wet stone. In the mouth, green apple and wet stone flavors zip around on the back of excellent acidity, and linger with a hint of yeasty woodiness in the finish. 14.1% alcohol. Score: around 9. (February, 2012) Read the complete article.
International Wine Cellar, Steve Tanzer
(from a wide geographic range of vineyards, including Spottswoode’s own estate, Krupp, Hyde, Farina and Pelkan in Knights Valley): Bright yellow. Pungent aromas of grapefruit, ripe pineapple, cassis bud, sage and botanical herbs. Dense and sappy, with terrific inner-mouth tension and mineral drive to the pineapple and grapefruit flavors. Dry, bracing, serious sauvignon with excellent length and lift. A superb vintage for this consistently excellent bottling. 92 points (May/June, 2013).