Cook’s Flat for Valentine’s Day

Michelle Williams in her Forbes column recommends the 2012 Cook’s Flat Reserve for a Valentine’s Day gift:

February 5, 2019

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: The 10 Best Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons For Lovers

By Michelle Williams, February 5, 2019

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching–time to start thinking about wine. If red wine inspires romance, then a decadent Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is sex in a bottle.

Imagine a deep purple robe giving way to aromas of sultry dark fruit, opulent spice, and rich earth, all wrapped in a brooding crushed velvet mouth-feel. You are sure to find the perfect wine to ignite an evening of romance in the list below.

2012 Smith-Madrone Cook’s Flat Reserve Napa Valley $225: Seductive—dark fruit, highly herbaceous, baking spice, graphite, dark chocolate, and cedar; tension between power and restraint, balanced and layered with beautiful structure; words lack in describing this beautiful wine. Limited production, purchase direct from winery.

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 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.