St Helena, Napa Valley, California, USA
A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petit verdot. This is killer effort from Spottswoode. Inky bluish purple to the rim, it has hints of violets intermixed with sweet forest notes, blackcurrants, chocolate and a touch of subtle smoke and earth. It is dense, with high acidity and noticeable structure, but is concentrated, dense and promising. Some patience is warranted - wait another 5–6 years before pulling the cork. It is a 50-year wine at the very minimum and a great classic.
99 Points - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate