he 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple colored with a mind-blowingly gorgeous nose that defies words: warm cassis, red roses, sandalwood, Indian spices, crushed rocks, menthol and iron ore with waft of lilacs and truffles. Medium to full-bodied with a rock-solid frame of super-ripe, grainy tannins and tons of freshness, it finishes incredibly long and remains incredibly provocative.
Score: 100 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, October 2018
A core blend of what will likely be the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon consists of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Opulent, with a voluptuous texture, that wonderful sucrosity that is characteristic of this vintage, and sweet, sweet blue and black fruits interwoven with a floral dimension, this is a full-bodied, gorgeously proportioned, super-rich and intense Spottswoode that should drink remarkably well when finally released and age nicely for 25 or more years. This wine has incredible upside potential, so don’t miss it.
Score: 96/100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (228), December 2016
A more exuberant, sexy wine than the 2014, yet still in the house style emphasizing elegance and purity, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate knocks it out of the park with its huge nose of crème de cassis, plums, Asian spices, scorched earth, tobacco leaf and graphite. This flows to a full-bodied, opulent, incredibly concentrated wine reminiscent of the 2013 on steroids. Full-bodied, with building tannin, integrated acidity, a stacked mid-palate, and a great finish, this is a tour de force in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from one of the greats. It has three to four decades of life ahead of it.
Score: 99 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, December 2017
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses off the charts ripeness as well as a level of exoticism that recalls the 2010. An infusion of dark red cherry, plum, white flowers, leather, tobacco and menthol accompany this super-expressive, sumptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Violet, licorice and a host of spiced nuances develop with time in the glass. In 2015, Spottswoode's Cabernet is decidedly luscious and flamboyant, but I would give it a few years to shed some baby fat. There is plenty to look forward to.
Score: 96+ Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, March 2018
Composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the deep purple-black colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautiful nose of dried roses, lavender and Chinese five spice over a core of warm blackcurrants, kirsch and wild blueberries, plus wafts of fallen leaves and dusty earth. The medium to full-bodied palate features the most amazing intensity of perfumed red, black and blue fruit flavors supported by exquisitely fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length and depth. Truly stunning.
Score: 100 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (233), October 2017