Our Rosé is back; Spring at Smith-Madrone

We (as in Napa Valley) are back! It’s a wonderful spring and we’re thrilled to be welcoming visitors to Smith-Madrone.

 We are delighted to announce the third release of our Rosé, with the 2021 vintage. We only made 165 cases, so we expect this to fly out of our cellar very quickly.

This is the first wine to be released since the disastrous 2020 harvest season; as you might remember, because of the Glass Fire, we are not releasing any wines from the 2020 vintage.

This is a serious Rosé. A blend of our estate Merlot (33%) and estate Cabernet Franc (67%), cold-fermented in stainless steel—it’s one of a kind in terms of being tasty and distinctive and brazenly pink.

Charlie explains:

What stands out is its ‘fun-quotient.’ It’s just a delightful glass of wine that will pair beautifully with a wide variety of food or be completely delicious by itself.

A continuity of style is already emerging with our Rosé. The first thing you notice is the extravagant, piercing salmon color; it’s so vibrant it’s practically radioactive. It’s a reliable signal that something a little different is going on here. Aromatically the wine leads with what are now the characteristic notes of Rosés, sour cherries and strawberry. Like most great wines this impression is found in the very first sip. The wine comes across as vibrant and lively with an excellent marriage of bright fruit and juicy acidity. The mid-palate is silky and luscious and is anchored by a firm core of minerality. The finish is clean, crisp, flavorful and refreshing.

2021 Rosé

The wine is sourced entirely from our estate vineyards surrounding the winery at elevations between 1,300 and 2,000 feet from grapes grown from steep slopes which range up to 34%, perched at the very top of the Spring Mountain District AVA.

Buy: $30.00 (750ml)

Just released: 2021 Rosé
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon2018 Chardonnay
As recently reviewed in The Wine Enthusiast95 points: This wine is energetic and distinctive in style, with earthy elements of pencil shavings and clay most pronounced. Balanced and fresh in approach, it provides flavors of currant and black berry around its earthier, more herbal components, which lend balance and elegance to it all.
Buy: $62.00 (750ml)
As recently reviewed in The Santa Rosa Press DemocratAn impressive chardonnay with great minerality and tangy citrus notes that keep its lush flavors in check. Notes of apple, apricot and brioche. Pitch-perfect balance. Extremely well-crafted. 
Buy: $45.00 (750ml)
2017 Riesling2013 Cook’s Flat Reserve
As recently reviewed by James Suckling: 94 pointsA show-stopper! The lovely candied-orange and orange-cream nose leads you into the succulent palate, which has a wonderful combination of vibrancy and concentration, the kind of which you don’t expect from a Californian riesling. The hint of tannin is as well integrated as the racy acidity, and all this pulls together on the powerful, mineral finish. Drink or hold.

Buy: $34.00 (750ml)
As reviewed in International Wine ReviewNamed after George Cook, who planted this 8 acre parcel on the top of Spring Mountain in the 1880s, this is a singular, expressive Cabernet Sauvignon. Showing dark cassis and slate like minerals on the nose, it’s refined and light on its feet in the mouth, yet packed with flavor. An elegant expression of mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Made from a mountain top parcel replanted in 1972.

Buy: $300.00 (750ml)

Please plan to visit if your plans bring you to Napa Valley. Reservations are required, which is easily done on our website. It looks to be a busy summer; please plan your visit ahead of time. There’s nothing like a glass of Smith-Madrone enjoyed at our high-altitude estate at the top of Spring Mountain on a wonderful summer’s day, enjoying the views out over the Valley floor and the expanse of steep vineyards.

Stu and Charlie

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