Lyndenhurst, Napa Valley (California) Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

($80):  Grapes for Lyndenhurst, an alternate label from Spottswoode Estate Vineyard and Winery, come from Spottswoode’s vineyards supplemental by fruit from a handful of other growers.  Weighing in at a stated 13.9 percent alcohol, it’s a gorgeous Napa Valley Cabernet, displaying concentration and elegance.  Paradoxically powerful and restrained, it combines herbal notes — black olives, maybe —  with dark fruit flavors.  Tannins are very suave, while abundant acidity keeps it fresh and lively — and keep you coming back for another sip.  Nothing is out of place here.  This is just one more example of why Napa Valley is the place for Cabernet.  I don’t mean to beat the same drum — Okay, I do — winemakers take note:  Plenty of enjoyment, flavor and complexity at less than 14 percent stated alcohol. 94 Michael Apstein Nov 21, 2017