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Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon Smith and Hook Santa Lucia Highlands 2014

Member Review by aronowm2:

Reminiscent of Bogle Petite Sirah with its dark tannic fruit. Some dr. pepper flavors as well. Extremely food friendly.

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Smith & Hook:
The spectacular beauty of California 's central coast is probably the best-known region in all of California for its unique lifestyle. Monterey County's dramatic ocean scenery, historic communities, artistic culture, verdant pine forests, and bountiful agriculture have beckoned adventure-seekers, seafarers, artists, writers and vacationers for over 100 years. And the 99 miles of brea... Read more
The spectacular beauty of California 's central coast is probably the best-known region in all of California for its unique lifestyle. Monterey County's dramatic ocean scenery, historic communities, artistic culture, verdant pine forests, and bountiful agriculture have beckoned adventure-seekers, seafarers, artists, writers and vacationers for over 100 years. And the 99 miles of breathtaking Pacific coastline is something no other California county can boast. With an inspiration to raise Monterey wines to the highest level, the wines of Hahn Estates are created with a philosophy that all great wines are special – akin to the region they were grown in. The Hahn wines celebrate everything that is Monterey – unique in thought, style and setting. Wines of Monterey Distinction. Hahn History The Smith Ranch had been a horse ranch, while the neighboring Hook Ranch had raised cattle for generations. With their prime location in the Santa Lucia Highlands overlooking the Salinas Valley, these ranches-turned-vineyards presented ideal growing conditions for growing premium varietal fruit. Smith & Hook Winery released its first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon to high acclaim in 1980. In 1991, Nicky created the Hahn Estates brand to showcase supple, accessible, and attractively priced wines from the family's Monterey County vineyards. In German, “Hahn” means “Rooster” and for this reason a rooster embellishes the Hahn Estates label, honoring the Hahn family's European heritage. And while Smith & Hook remains the first wine produced by the Hahn family, Hahn Estates is the primary wine brand produced by the Hahns and the winery is now proudly known as “Hahn Estates / Smith & Hook Winery.” Read less

Member Reviews for Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon Smith and Hook Santa Lucia Highlands

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Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 05/19/2010

Reminiscent of Bogle Petite Sirah with its dark tannic fruit. Some dr. pepper flavors as well. Extremely food friendly.


Snooth User: winelovingal
1338590104
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 11/06/2013

Lighter bodied cab


Snooth User: pkewal
87069728
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 07/05/2011

Great wine, very smooth


Snooth User: ArtM
6028327
5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 10/07/2010

Very nice cabernet with good character. I did not pay attention to the various flavors it evoked, sorry, I forgot, just enjoyed it. I hate simple wines and this is NOT a simple wine. Yet it also not terribly astringent - there were no off notes at all. Excellent value and great to serve to guests.


Snooth User: vino brotha
88361330
5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 07/10/2011

Five glasses


External Reviews for Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon Smith and Hook Santa Lucia Highlands

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Vintage: 2010 02/06/2013

Very pretty aromatics of cassis, raspberry, and smoke on the nose. Layered flavors of plum and cocoa develop into a rich palette of dark fruits with a hint of vanilla. The tannins are substantial but well developed


Vintage: 2007 11/12/2010

Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. There are suggestions of complexity to be found in the midst of the sweet, well-ripened, oak-enriched aromas of this wine, and those same notes of black soils, minerals and root-beer spice are carried through to its fairly rich and slightly succulent flavors. No frontal simpleton despite being easy to taste now, its finish is both rich and lengthy. It may not be one for hiding away for a years to come, but it has the pieces in place to develop quite well for up to a half decade in the bottle.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.



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