Top 10 Wines 2010 (#6) Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
As part of our Top 10 Wines 2010, we present #6…
For some reason, we drank a lot of old world wines this year – mostly French and Italian. So maybe that’s why when we heard about Union Square Wine’s massive California Cabernet tasting, we lept at the chance to see what we’ve been missing. To be honest, there were a lot of wines priced between $50-$150 that were not incredibly inspiring. But the Spottswoode was really a standout. Tasted alongside Shafer Hillside Select 2007, Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2007 and Joseph Phelps Insignia 2007, this wine simply outclassed everything else. It delivered the complex dark fruits and beautiful St. Helena rocky soil character with such finesse, it was like a St. Julien or Margaux. And it’s been organic since 1992, to boot!
But as with most excellent bordeaux, wine like this comes at a price. The winery quickly sold out of the 2007 vintage at $130 per bottle and to find it below $170 is now pretty difficult. However, even at these prices, it’s still worth a try.