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2013 Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Advocate, Robert Parker

Over 70% of the fruit for the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Estate comes from Sonoma. It reveals surprising flavor intensity with lots of melon, fig, flint and mineral characteristics. Medium-bodied but surprisingly intense and rich, this dry, crisp white is one of the better Sauvignons made in Northern California. Drink it over the next several years. 90 points (October 31, 2014)

Vinous Media, Antonio Galloni

Spottswoode’s 2013 Sauvignon Blanc is bright, floral and perfumed. Lemon peel, white flowers and mint are all laced together in a pretty, crisp wine that will drink well for the next handful of years. 91 points (December 2014)

The Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague

This Spottswoode wine has been one of Napa’s best for almost three decades, and the 2013 is another success. The combination of Sonoma and Napa fruit—fermented in a combination of stainless steel, French oak and concrete eggs—is full-bodied but marked by a vibrant acidity and a beguiling nose of lime zest and honeydew. (October 10, 2014), Jancis Robinson

Pretty reduced top notes and then ripe fig underneath. Intense. Slightly sudden end but this may well develop more breadth and interest. Very unlike most northern California Sauvignons. Drink 2014–2017. 16.5/20 points (September 23, 2014)

International Wine Cellar, Steve Tanzer

Bright lemon-yellow color. Vibrant nose combines pineapple, lemon, aromatic herbs, grass, anise and peppermint. At once ripe and pliant and energetic, displaying good grip to the flavors of white peach, green melon and cassis bud. Finishes dry and classic, with good length. 91 points (May/June, 2014)

San Francisco Cottages & Gardens, Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave

A historic winery dating back to the 1880s, Spottswoode is known for its ripeness and racy acidity…this vibrant wine has aromas of lime and lemon, and grapefruit on the finish. “The aromatics on our 2013 Sauvignon Blanc are stunning,” says winemaker Aron Weinkauf. (Summer, 2014)

Wine Review Online, Rich Cook

“Though this is from the pricier side of California Sauvignon Blanc, it’s worth a look. Lemon pith jumps out up front on the nose, with notes of lime and grapefruit and a touch of grass in the background. On the palate it’s crisp and lively, with the lemon and grapefruit blended nicely with mild herb elements. With the current identity crisis this grape is going through in the state, this wine could be a leader out of the chaos. 91 points (December 9, 2014)

The Press Democrat, Peg Melnik

A gorgeous sauvignon blanc with perfect balance. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit, lime and herbs. Bright acidity. Striking. (November 25, 2014)