Established in 1882, Spottswoode Estate is distinguished by the pre-prohibition Victorian home depicted on their wine label. Spottswoode was christened by Mrs. Albert Spotts in 1910 and later acquired by Mary and Jack Novak in 1972. Mary released Spottswoode’s first Cabernet Sauvignon in 1982, exactly one hundred years after the estate’s founding.
Mary’s daughter Beth Novak Milliken manages the winery, and her daughter Lindy Novak serves as the winery’s Marketing Ambassador.
Every year Spottswoode releases an Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and an Estate Sauvignon Blanc. In addition, Spottswoode produces a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon called Lyndenhurst, a dual-appellation Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc, and a limited-production Field Book Syrah. Committed to producing wines with integrity that faithfully reflect their grape origins, Spottswoode wines are especially known for their refined elegance, balance, and classic structure.
Regarded by many critics as one of the best wines of the 2014 vintage in Napa, Spottswoode Cabernet is one of our favourite Napa wines. Made from a single vineyard on the alluvial gravels of western St Helena, farmed organically since 1985. 2014 was a a dry growing season and has produced wines with charm, freshness and great overall harmony. An optical sorter and vibrating shaking table in action for the first time has helped take the Cabernet to a new level of refinement. Spottswoode hardly seem to put a foot wrong with Cabernet Sauvignon.
'Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon has a drop-dead gorgeous nose of Sichuan pepper, hoisin, peppered salami and fertile loam over a core of blackberry preserves and redcurrant jelly with touches of kirsch and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied and concentrated yet still maintaining that wonderful purity and elegance that is the signature of this estate, it has layer upon layer of earthy nuances and a very long finish.' 98+ points (October 29, 2018) Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert Parker Wine Advocate