St Helena, Napa Valley, California, USA
A blend of 88% cabernet sauvignon, 8% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot. This is another killer effort from Spottswoode. Inky bluish purple to the rim, it has hints of violets intermixed with sweet, foresty notes, blackcurrants, chocolate, and a touch of subtle smoke and earth. It is dense, with bright acidity and a noticeable structure, but is concentrated, dense and promising. Some patience is warranted, and I would suggest waiting another 5-6 years before pulling the cork on this one. It is has the potential to age for 50+ years and a great classic.