In 1972 Jack and Mary Novak purchased the orginal “Spottswoode” property. In1977, when Mary Weber Novak’s husband passed away unexpectedly, leaving her with five young children and a newly replanted vineyard, she became one of the first women to run a major Napa Valley winegrowing estate. In the years since, through her hard work, insight and perseverance, she has established Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery as one of the valley’s great family-owned wineries and first growth-caliber properties. The first commercial wine was produced in 1982 by Tony Soter (Etude & Soter wines). Many other great winemakers have passed the review, all making highly rated wines from this great estate. Today the winery is run by the daughters Beth & Lindy.
Tasting Notes: “Highly acclaimed and considered one of the “Super Sauvignons” (a term coined by wine writer Karen MacNeil to describe a rare class of wines considered to be among the world’s utmost expressions of this noble grape), Spottswoode’s exceptional, classically styled Sauvignon Blanc has been produced since 1984. Crafted using grapes from their own Spottswoode Estate, as well as those from other iconic family-owned vineyards. Fermented in a combination of French oak, small stainless steel barrels, a clay amphora, and one ceramic and two concrete cuvees, the resulting wine is an eminently drinkable yet cellar-worthy Sauvignon that is both stately and sublime, with extraordinary aromas, effortless poise, and remarkable complexity. It is why noted wine writers have written that “Spottswoode has turned Sauvignon Blanc into an art form,” and have hailed this wine as one of America’s or the world’s “best Sauvignon Blancs,” calling it the “aristocracy of domestic Sauvignon Blanc.”
Winemaker Notes: “This Sauvignon Blanc jumps out of the glass with pink grapefruit, Asian pear, white peach, lemon oil, lime leaf, and lemongrass aromatics. The palate confirms the nose and is extremely bright and tense, showing great balance. Bright guava, juicy stone fruit, and hints of pineapple pair with a grapefruit acidity that lead to a long finish. Frequent lees bâtonnage adds a level of creaminess and more layers of complexity. Showing beautifully now, this wine also has the structure and sophistication to age gracefully for enjoyment in the future.”