MADE FROM grapes grown in our estate vineyard along with those from other exceptional sites, Lyndenhurst is a compelling and approachable Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Spottswoode’s long history as a family-owned wine estate, along with our deep winemaking expertise and passionate attention to detail, allow us to craft a Cabernet Sauvignon that is alluring, expressive, and delicious. The name Lyndenhurst comes from our Estate’s storied past as a former name of the historic Spottswoode property. Fragrant Linden trees planted around the Spottswoode gazebo in the late 1800s provided the inspiration for the name, and though only the center pole of the gazebo remains, the trees still bloom in our beautiful gardens today. We chose an image of our pre-Prohibition stone winery building to grace the label. Lyndenhurst is made with the same care and intention as our Spottswoode Estate Cabernet, and it offers the depth, character, and quality for which we are known.
On the approach, the 2016 Lyndenhurst sings a polished and youthful tone and soon reveals generosity and sophistication. The progression is long and opulent, punctuated by notes of cedar, winter mint, bergamot, briar, sandalwood,and chestnuts. There are layers of fruit – blueberry and soft, dark cherry open to aromas of blackberry, intermingled with warming notes of vanilla bean and cocoa powder. The wine is held together with a bright, linear acidity complemented by dark, silken tannins that together leave a lingering finish.This belies its youth and is wonderful to enjoy now.
“This wine combines estate fruit with grapes from many of Napa Valley’s high-profile sites. ‘Lyndenhurst’ was the former name of the Spottswoode property, where linden trees still stand tall; their notable aromas are easily recognized in this wine, whose notes of melted chocolate, white pepper, cherry, and blueberry are joyful in its youth. Juicy and opulent, it defines balance of power. ‘The phrase ‘balance of power’ is a juxtaposed ideology,’ noted Weinkauf. ‘But that’s the fine line we want to achieve.’ The oak is integrated so subtly it translates more as sandalwood and vanilla bean, curving and meandering through blue and red fruit.” – The SOMM Journal, 96 points
“Attractive, fresh, violet-like flowers, roasting herbs and cassis, leading to a medium-to full-bodied palate that has a smoothly succulent resolve at the plum-soaked, velvety finish. A blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with touches of Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc and a dash of Malbec. Drink or hold.” -James Suckling, 94 Points