International Wine Report looks at current releases

Catching up on International Wine Report reviews:

91 points: The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Smith-Madrone is a classic display of Napa Valley Cabernet. This instantly grabs your attention as it releases aromatics of dark fruits intermingling with spices and herbal elements. The mouthwatering acidity is lovely, as this medium to full-bodied wine delivers flavors of blackberry cobbler, crushed mint and coffee grounds which entice. This beautifully balanced Cabernet will cellar gracefully over the next decade.

http://www.internationalwinereport.com/latest-reports/reports-usa/217-california/spring-mountain-district/9205-2014-smith-madrone-cabernet-sauvignon-napa-valley

90 points: This pale colored Riesling starts off with a bouquet of petrol, white flowers and Gravenstein apple. The lip-smacking acidity really drives this great wine, showing off green apple, green papaya and lemongrass flavors. Overall, a lovely Riesling with balance and precision.

http://www.internationalwinereport.com/latest-reports/reports-usa/217-california/spring-mountain-district/9850-2015-smith-madrone-riesling-spring-mountain

91 points: This was aged for 10 months in 80% new French oak prior to bottling. This wine opens with a bright bouquet of peach pit, Pazzaz apple and honeydew melon. There is lovely balance as the wine offers a wonderful sense of place. Pink Lady apple, banana and crème brulee flavors impress as they linger on the finish.

http://www.internationalwinereport.com/latest-reports/reports-usa/48-california/napa-valley/9204-2015-smith-madrone-chardonnay-napa-valley

 

 

 

 

Author: corkingnapa

Julie Ann Kodmur is a second-generation Californian who was born in San Francisco and grew up in La Jolla. As an eighth grader she was the runner-up in the state spelling bee. She’s lived in Italy and New York and now lives in the Napa Valley with her family. She is a marketing and publicity consultant in the wine industry. Her business life can be seen at http://www.julieannkodmur.com. This is the home for the overflow. The ‘title’ is a reference to a sculpture honoring an Argentinean journalist who practiced his craft in the 1930s before literally dying for his words. No such drama here, just hopefully some provocative fun.