"Charlie and Stu have liked this wine since it first went into the new oak barrels. It was clear from the very beginn...Read more...
Very fresh on the nose with an early touch of light mocha cream, some smoke, fines herbs with a nice minty top note over bright black fruits. On en... Read more
A little earthy, a little leafy and mineral-accented gorgeous blackcurrant fruit greets the nose capped with hints of mocha and lightly roasted cof... Read more
Fruity and quite intense on the nose, with big black fruit that is deep and ripe topped with herb and carob aromas. This feels a bit like Bordeaux... Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Smith Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon
Very fresh on the nose with an early touch of light mocha cream, some smoke, fines herbs with a nice minty top note over bright black fruits. On entry this shows bright acids and feels remarkably transparent, bathing the tongue with bright, tart, blackberry fruit that has just a little medicinal edge. The finish is nice, rich and soft with excellent length and lovely cherry fruit on the finale. This just feels lovely in the mouth—what a great texture. 93pts
A little earthy, a little leafy and mineral-accented gorgeous blackcurrant fruit greets the nose capped with hints of mocha and lightly roasted coffee. This is tight, lean, and focused on the palate delivering pure, rich, ripe yet totally transparent fruit supported by wonderfully ripe tannins that poke through just a hint on the finish, showing a slight little stern and dry note before it ends with beautiful cut red plum fruit and subtle soil tones on the finale. 92pts
Fruity and quite intense on the nose, with big black fruit that is deep and ripe topped with herb and carob aromas. This feels a bit like Bordeaux in the mouth, ripe yet perfectly clear, with great cut and layers of wild cherry, plum, and blackberry fruits. There are firm tannins, but this is so well balanced they are certainly unobtrusive. There’s a lovely lifted hint of mint on the back end that contrasts with the very fine edge of dry extract ,adding richness to the vibrant finish. A pretty powerful wine that has great energy in the mouth. 93pts
Very true to type, this shows modest evolution when compared with the later releases offering up wonderful plum, black cherry and blackberry fruit framed with integrating mocha oak notes and topped with nice green herbal elements. In the mouth, it shows incipient softening from age, though the tannins remains a touch obvious. There is a broadening on the palate with fine richness and nuance. Herb, anise and mineral notes pop on the back end along with some nutty oak elements on the long, rich, smooth finish. This could use another 2-5 years in the cellar to really hit its stride, but even today it’s just classic Cabernet Sauvignon that blends purity, detail and power like few other Cabs from Napa. This will seem a touch rustic to some, but for my palate it’s spot-on. 93pts
Not a "blow you into the weeds powerhouse" California Cab. Also, this wine does not blow me over with tannin like other examples from Spring Mountain. This is a civilized wine that shows some berry/cassis/plum fruit, but not enough to be distractive. Seems closer to French style than California. US$29.68 at Total Wines.
Very clean and fresh aromas of plum and cassis. These are echoed in the flavors, and pick up notes of anise and licorice. American oak. Herbal lift in the mid-palate that is somewhere inside the triangle created by anise, eucalyptus, and mint.
Full bodied, rich, long full mouth finish. Needs a good steak.
Way too young but still great. Beautifly mountain fruit flavors.
External Reviews for Smith Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon
A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2007 Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml
Wine Tasting NotesOur Cabernet Sauvignon is dark red in color, with hints of mint, cedar, black cherry and blueberries from the Cabernet Franc, with just a dash of pepper mixed in. Whats great about this wine is that its wonderfully complex aroma comes through on the taste, thus making this wine truly balanced. There are moderate tannins which will allow extended aging, yet the wine is enjoyable now as well, especially with strong flavored foods or meat.
"Charlie and Stu have liked this wine since it first went into the new oak barrels. It was clear from the very beginning that this vintage of red wine was exceptionally good. The wine has a deep dark, almost inky black color. There is a heady aroma of black currants, blueberries, cedar, cassis and just a slight hint of cigar box. This wine is a beautiful demonstration of why the 2007 vintage is so acclaimed - it is just perfect on the palate. It has a wonderful berry/briary texture that is lively on the palate from beginning to end: it is in perfect balance. There are just enough fine grained tannins so that the wine will live, mature and develop for many years to come. In short, we are very excited about this Cabernet. There is just one percent of Cabernet franc and two percent of Merlot blended into the wine. Smith-Madrone’s Cabernet Sauvignon is grown at the top of Spring Mountain (1,800-foot elevation), west of St. Helena in the Napa Valley. The vines are planted on very steep slopes (up to 35%) in red “Aiken” soil which is derived from weathered volcanic materials and sedimentary rock. The underlying geology, the Franciscan mélange, is just 500 miles long and was created by the Continental Plate grinding off the top of the Pacific Plate as it subducts under the Continental Plate. At Smith-Madrone our goal is to make artisanal wines which are distinctive and are an expression of both the vintage and us, as vintners, yet above all else, the wines must bring pleasure to the senses. Every year our wine is made from the same vineyards, pruned by the same people in the same way, cultivated in exactly the same manner and harvested at similar levels of maturity, yet Mother Nature stamps each vintage with a unique set of flavors, senses and character. Vintage dating is a celebration of that uniqueness and diversity. " -Winery
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