2018 Spottswoode 'Lyndenhurst' Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley


Made from Estate fruit blended with premium offerings from other exceptional family growers, this is an outstanding introduction to the Spottswoode craftsmanship. Serious, yet approachable, this dynamic “little-sister” wine from Spottswoode is always good enough to stand on its own.

Cabernet Sauvignon
Aron Weinkauf
20 months
Oak Treatment:
(New 57%); French oak barrels 96%; Hungarian oak barrels 4%
Napa Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
Cabernet Sauvignon 80%, Malbec 7%, Merlot 6%, Petit Verdot 5%, Cabernet Franc 2%
Alcohol %:
SKU #:
750 ml Bottle


The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Lyndenhurst is a fabulous wine that shows just how compelling the vintage is, even among mid-tier offerings. Blackberry, graphite, cloves, licorice and lavender all build in the glass. The Lyndenhurst Cabernet is usually much more approachable, but the 2018 is a real powerhouse. I would give the tannins at least a few years to soften. This is impressive, to say the least.


Jeb Dunnuck

A wine well worth purchasing and cellaring, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Lyndenhurst sports a dense purple hue as well as classic Cabernet notes of blackcurrants, Asian spices, violets, licorice, and tobacco. Beautifully rich, full-bodied, and concentrated, it's one heck of a second wine that can be drunk today or cellared for 15-20 years.


Wine Enthusiast

Spottswoode's Lyndenhurst 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.


James Suckling

Black plums, blueberries, chocolate, cloves and dried leaves. Black olives, too. It’s full-bodied with firm, fine-grained tannins. Chewy, generous layers of dark fruit and chocolate. Try from 2022.


Wine Spectator

There's a well-endowed core of warmed cassis and steeped plum fruit here, splashed with a sassafras note and backed by roasted applewood and melted black licorice on the finish. Rich in feel throughout. Best from 2022 through 2034.


Wine Advocate

The deep purple-black colored 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Lyndenhurst comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant scents of fresh blackcurrants, black raspberries and Morello cherries plus hints of lavender, pencil lead and bouquet garni with a touch of Sichuan pepper. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is charged with electric energy, framed by grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing with great intensity and purity.