We had this bottle while spending the night in Monterey a few weeks ago. We brought it to the restaurant and they opened it while we were watching college football in the bar, and when we returned to the table for dinner the bottle was open and the cork was in two pieces. Not a good sign. No worries with the wine, however. The wine was a dark crimson color with just a touch of bricking at the edges. Nice floral and red fruit aromas, with a rich, lush texture and herbs, spice and cherry on the palate. This was a beautiful wine that should continue to drink well for many years. During the dinner we made a toast to the memory of Mary Novak, and to her friendliness and generosity. RIP, Mary.
My wife and I have very some very fond memories from Spottswoode. We went to a party there years ago and were fortunate enough to meet Marshall and Andrew Gelb, and their wives, whom I had recognized from this forum and the Parker Forum. We also went to pick up some wine there years ago and Mary came in, opened a bottle of the 2001 Cab, poured herself a glass and gave us the rest of the bottle to enjoy out on the porch. A classy lady and a classy winery.