94pts Wine Enthusiast
This is a perennially incredible wine for the price, rounded and spicy in clove. With 10% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot, it shows balance and integration—a mix of dark berry, forest and silky tannin that is seamless on the palate and impressively elegant and cohesive from start to finish.
93pts James Suckling
Lots of blueberry and chocolate aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, round and soft tannins and a flavorful finish. 84% cabernet sauvignon and 10% merlot with cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot. Drink or hold.
93pts Wilfred Wong
The 2017 Spottswoode Lyndenhurst Cabernet is a masterful and well-designed wine. TASTING NOTES: This tight-knit wine shows a keen edge while displaying lively red fruit and dried herbs in its aromas and flavors. Serve it with rosemary-infused, grilled lamb chops. (Tasted: May 13, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
92pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Lyndenhurst is blended of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple in color, it offers soft spoken notes of dried lavender, wild blueberries, fresh black currants and kirsch plus hints of dried herbs, unsmoked cigars and spice cake. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a solid structure of ripe, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness to support the muscular, beautifully retrained flavors, finishing on a lingering earthy note.
With crimson fruits and bramble, the 2017 Lyndenhurst unveils aromas of fresh thyme, cedar, lilac, juniper, and a wild understory. Fine, silken tannins entice the palate through an array of textures. All the while, a resonating acidity brings dynamism and precision through this wine’s long, layered progression. This is a wine with a refined poise in youth with a unique ability to offer enjoyment in its early years.