Nittany Epicurean considers the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon:
….Smith-Madrone…part of my ongoing series of discovery of some of the great wines of California was for a white wine from the 2014 vintage. The 2014 Chardonnay grown, produced & bottled by Smith-Madrone demonstrated a deft balance between oak and fruit. Let’s head back to Smith-Madrone now for a red wine from the prior vintage:
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon produced & bottled by Smith-Madrone (St. Helena, California).
This wine is mostly cabernet sauvignon (82%) blended with cabernet franc (12%) and merlot (6%). The fruit was grown in Napa’s Spring Mountain District. Following fermentation, the wine was aged in French oak barrels (75% new) for 18 months. It comes in at 14.2% ABV.
The wine showed a dark ruby color. Blackberry, raspberry, currant, mossy earth and oak all arrived on the nose. Blackberry, raspberry, black cherry, licorice, oak and eucalyptus followed on a palate dominated by dark berry fruit. The wine exhibited good structure and length, along with soft tannins. This wine would do well paired with a marinated and grilled flank steak.
While this wine* is no longer available at the winery, it can still be purchased from retailers for $45-$60/bottle. You can purchase the 2014 vintage of this wine for $52 at the winery or directly from the winery’s website.