Cabernet Sauvignon, Spottswoode 2012
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With the lowest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in of any of the wines from this vertical, the 2012 final blend was 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Production across the board in 2012 was high, and reflected in the 3,977 cases made at Spottswoode. This is a dramatic, flamboyant, modern-day version of the 2002. Dramatic blueberry, black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, along with camphor, charcoal, white flowers and foresty notes all emerge from the impressive aromatics that soar from the glass. The intense, explosively rich, full-bodied palate is layered with beautiful purity, stunningly sweet, silky tannins and terrific presence and complexity. This is a gorgeous wine on a relatively fast evolutionary track, I suspect, but certainly it has 30 years of upside left.
|Score: 99||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (226), August 2016|
The opaque purple-hued 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a glorious bouquet of crème de cassis, spring flowers, a Pauillac-like lead pencil note, and background new oak. The overall impression is one of restraint combined with richness. This full-bodied effort possesses good acidity and ripe tannin. It has been crafted for the long-term. The hallmarks of great Spottswoode wines are their purity and elegance combined with serious power. The 2012 has that in abundance. This youthful, reserved Cabernet will benefit from 3-5 years of cellaring, and will keep for two decades or more.
|Score: 96+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (215), October 2014|
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is dark, powerful and sensual, with plenty of the vintage's trademark richness and radiance. Over the last year, the 2012 has gained considerable volume. Hints of mocha, plum, new leather and spices meld into the richly textured, voluptuous finish. In 2012, the blend is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.
|Score: 96||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, October 2015|
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