Traveling from San Diego to Napa Valley in the 1970’s, Jack and Mary Novak were attracted to the Spottswoode Estate, falling in love with the property and the surrounding gardens in St. Helena. In 1972 Jack Novak left his medical practice and moved his young family of five to St. Helena. The Novaks purchased additional acreage and began replanting the vineyards with Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel. Through the years their list of iconic winemakers have grown. Spottswoode has achieved prominence and notable success staying true to their identity, avoiding stylish trends while garnering praise and high scores. The legacy has been continued by daughters Beth Novak Milliken who serves as President and Lindy Novak, who is the national marketing director.
Wine critic Robert Parker Jr. referred to Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon as the Chateau Margaux of Napa. Composed of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot this beauty has all the hallmarks of a great Spottswoode. There is a wealth of lavish black orchard fruits of boysenberry and crushed blueberries. Intertwined within the core are baking spices with hints of black olive and sage. This wine speaks to you in an elegant and a sultry tone with a fresh, silky texture and finely grained tannins.