100 Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate – 100 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
Mary Novak Milliken runs her family’s winery flawlessly, an extraordinary labor of love project with an emphasis on top notch hospitality in the tasting room and meticulous attention to detail. Right in the heart of St. Helena, the choice location mixed with the family’s dedication to farming their land is the perfect recipe for so many perfect wines. Her Cabernet Sauvignons are always unapologetically big and powerful but with grace and elegance. That has earned them the type of elite praise they’ve been garnering for decades now.
In the 2018 vintage, their Napa Valley Cabernet release is absolutely drop dead gorgeous. There’s no mistake about it. It is a true must-have wine for serious collectors or just people looking to drink something really special.
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100 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon from Spottswoode explodes from the glass with bombastic notes of crushed blackcurrants, fresh blackberries and wild blueberries with hints of cardamom, lilacs, incense and fragrant earth, leading into wafts of pencil shavings and crushed rocks. Medium-bodied, elegant and yet so, so intense, it has layers of bright crunchy fruit and mineral sparks galore, framed by exquisitely ripe, finely pixelated tannins, finishing very long and energetic. Wowsers.
100 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
One of the wines of the vintage, as well as a legendary Napa Cabernet that will compete with anything out there, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate reveals a deep purple hue as well as extraordinary notes of pure crème de cassis and blackberry-scented fruits intermixed with lots tobacco leaf, lead pencil, spice, and hints of flowers. Reminding me of the 2016 with its purity as well as its balance, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a layered, seamless texture, and a blockbuster of a finish. Based on 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot, this is a wine you don’t want to miss! It’s going to take 7-8 years to hit its early drinking plateau and cruise for 30-40 years in cold cellars.