It’s the 14th of the month, and the second month of our year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary. We are continuing to offer a number of specially curated and extremely limited sets of wines— precious wines from our cellar.
Our 50th anniversary offerings for this month:
Two For The Ages
Two 750 mls, 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Fascinating, full heady aroma dominated by dark fruit — ripe plums and black cherries — with hints of graphite, spices and white truffles. Why drink it, when you can have a peak experience with just the aromatics? But of course, drink it you must; on the palate it is everything you hoped, everything your nose leads you to expect. Full, rich and round, it is absolutely startling and completely delicious. What a beautiful glass of wine! How, you may well ask, could this wine be 18 years old? Truly, this is a wine for the ages!
Mountain Magnum II
One 1.5L, 2012 Cook’s Flat Reserve in a wooden box.
The wine is seductive, rich, dense and structured. The aroma has whispers of plum, rosemary, and forest floor. The palate is the definition of ‘seamless,’ where Bordeaux flavors are integrated into the tannins in a velvety progression of power. This full, deep mid-palate is joined by a layer of complexity, with bright acidity keeping the wine lively, focused and distinctly Smith-Madrone. The finish is beautiful and elegant.
Let us also share some very exciting news.
Sam Smith, Stu’s son, who has been the winery’s Assistant Winemaker since 2010, has been developing his own wine brand, which he is launching today.
Before joining Smith-Madrone, Sam was a ‘flying winemaker,’ having worked in wineries around the world from Germany to Australia to New Zealand. From that extended international experience he has created an impressive red wine from grapes grown on the steep volcanic hillsides of the Smith-Madrone property. He’s aged this beautiful 50/50 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc blend for 8 years, patiently waiting for the perfect moment to release.
Let him tell you the great story about why he has named it Curly St. James, The Ostentatious Parlay: hint—it came from a long conversation with a customer when he was a sommelier in Tasmania. We urge you to give it a try and support Sam’s new project: please check it out at curlystjames.com
In other news, SommTV came to the winery and filmed an episode with Stu, Charlie and Sam earlier this spring. Please watch for the segment of Behind The Glass airing as of July 6 on SommTV.
Help us continue to celebrate our golden anniversary! We’ve only just begun……look for our next anniversary letter on July 14, where we’ll share news of re-opening the winery and more!
Stu, Charlie, and Sam