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April 14, 2018! Divide and conquer!

April 13, 2018

Divide and conquer on April 14, 2018!

Join Sam Smith at Cucina Enoteca in Irvine, California

Or

Stu Smith at VinNebraska in Omaha, Nebraska!

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Winemaker Lunch at CUCINA enoteca Irvine

Join CUCINA enoteca Irvine for a special Winemaker Lunch with Sam Smith and Josh Phelps out on the patio on Saturday, April 14th. This will be a three-course family style lunch with two wines per course.

About Sam Smith
Before joining Smith-Madrone Sam traveled, alternating working harvests at wineries and working as a sommelier at distinguished restaurants around the world. He has worked in Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Washington, the Caribbean, and a few wineries around Napa Valley as well. Born and raised in the Napa Valley, Sam grew up playing football, tennis and golf. He is an avid outdoorsman and obtained his degree from UC Santa Barbara.

Menu*:

antipasti
wild watercress + beet cured salmon | radish + pickled onion + avocado + limoncello vinaigrette

smith madrone | riesling | napa valley
smith madrone | chardonnay | napa valley

pasta
mezzi rigatoni | lamb bolognese + mint pesto + ricotta salata

grounded wine co. | ‘collusion’ merlot blend | columbia valley, wa 
grounded wine co. | ‘steady state’ red blend | napa valley

piatti
rotisserie duck + chicken | market vegetables + ancient grain

ad vivum | ‘sleeping lady vineyard’ cabernet sauvignon | napa valley
curly st. james | red blend | napa valley

Please note that menu is subject to change based on chef’s whim and seasonal availability. If you have any food allergies, please make us aware at time of reservation.

https://www.urbankitchengroup.com/cucina-enoteca-irvine/happenings/ceirv-winemaker-lunch/

https://www.urbankitchengroup.com/shop/our-store/ceirv-winemaker-lunch-04-14-18/

 

VINNEBRASKA, OMAHA, NEBRASKA

Wine Tasting & Grand Auction open to the public at the Hotel RL at 3321 South 72nd Street. Starting at 5:00 pm, attendees will sample wines and hors d’oeuvres, and bid during the silent auction on a vast selection of gift-items and wine collectibles. Guests will be able to purchase a bottles of wine in our Mystery Wine Pull. The program will commence in the main ballroom at 7:00 pm to include a live auction with spectacular vacation get-aways, items from our participating vintners and other one-of-a-kind offerings. Metro Magazine’s readers have voted vinNEBRASKA’s wine event “Best of Omaha for Food & Wine Event.” It’s the best wine event in the region!

Evening Events

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Wine Tasting & Hors D’oeuvres

Enjoy meeting winemakers, winery owners and representatives from the wine industry while sampling their fantastic wines! 

5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Silent Auction

Scroll through a vast array of unique action items. 

7:00 p.m. to Conclusion  Live Auction

Get ready for the Grandest of Auctions! There are many wonderful items ranging from valuable vintage wines to hand-crafted items and vacations that are sure to please! 

http://vinnebraska.com/public-wine-tasting-and-grand-auction/

 

 

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2014 Cab “rocking my world”

April 12, 2018

StrongCoffeeToRedWine looks at the 2014 Cabernet:

 

http://strongcoffeetoredwine.com/smith-madrone-2014-cabernet-sauvignon/

APRIL 12, 2018

I have always heard that if you love what you do, it will never seem like work. No surprise… and a loud duh, I love drinking wine. More than that, I love trying new wines. One of the benefits of blogging about wine is that it forces me out of my comfort zone. I can not become complacent and drink the same style and variety of wine, bottle after bottle. It is essential that I branch out.

That said, it has been ages since I purposefully drank a California Cab. My experience with these Cabs. have been challenging at best, finding them to be a bit heavy-handed and too tannic for my taste. Then I was asked to try the Smith-Madrone 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon. Well, Misters Smith, you have made me a huge fan. And clearly, I have been buying all wrong.

The Smith-Madrone 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect balance of Old World and New World styles. It is soft and finessed. It is earth and fruit. And oh, it makes me smile from ear to ear while I look for a place to hide the bottle, so I do not have to share. Drats foiled again, Gary knows my hiding place.

The color is dark and purple with subtle purple-ruby edges. The aromas at the top* bring out cedar and a hint of wet terra cotta. At the bottom*, I find stewed prunes and raisins, and other black fruits mixed with a woodsy earthiness.  My drinking partner finds similar yet different aromas calling out dusty, dry cherries and dense mossy forest. We are both intrigued by the smells/aromas that seem to complement each other rather than fight for top billing.

From the first sip to the last there is roundness and balance. To me, black fruit permeates with a light kiss of acid right from the start. The tannins are soft and approachable.  As the wine finishes you get a second burst of acidity that cleanses your palate in anticipation of your next sip. Which I did… over and over and over again. This wine is rocking my world.

For my partner, he is struck by the harmony between the dark fruits and the earth.

Geez, we are both loving this wine. My sister pops in the house while we are sipping, so I hand her my glass.  All she can say is, “WOW!, damn that is good.”

One final comment: I was prepared to like this wine but did not expect to want to search it out locally.  I was so incredibly wrong. This is a fantastic wine.

2014 Cabernet at Nittany Epicurean

April 6, 2018

Nittany Epicurean takes a look:

Earlier this week, my ongoing series of discovery of some of the great wines of California brought us wines from some of my favorite wineries in the state. Today, the series will stay in Napa for another delicious cabernet from a winery for which I’ve developed quite an affinity:

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon grown, produced & bottled by Smith-Madrone (St. Helena, California).

This wine is mostly cabernet sauvignon (85%) blended with small amounts of cabernet franc (8%) and merlot (7%). The fruit – all estate grown – hails from Napa’s Spring Mountain District. Following fermentation, the wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels (70% new). It comes in at 13.9% ABV.

The wine showed a dark ruby color. Blackberry, raspberry, vanilla and oak on a nose that showed initial restraint. Cherry cola, raspberry, blackberry, vanilla, plum, licorice, oak and hints of eucalyptus followed on a palate much more developed than the nose. The wine exhibited good structure and length, along with soft tannins. This wine would pair classically with a dry-aged prime rib.

2014 Cabernet a ‘restrained take on mountain-grown fruit’

April 5, 2018

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is reviewed in the May Wine Enthusiast:

https://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/smith-madrone-2014-cabernet-sauvignon-spring-mountain-district/

91 POINTS   Cellar Selection

This is a concentrated wine made with 8% Cabernet Franc and 7% Merlot within the blend, a restrained take on mountain-grown fruit and tannin. Cassis, red currant and cedar persist within a framework of tart acidity and balanced oak, the structure suggestive of further aging. Enjoy best 2024 through 2034.

2015 Chardonnay ‘lovely & complex’

April 5, 2018

The 2015 Chardonnay is reviewed in the May Wine Enthusiast:

https://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/smith-madrone-2015-chardonnay-spring-mountain-district/

93 POINTS

From the exceptional site atop Spring Mountain, this white is lovely and complex, a mix of sharp tangerine, orange and lime flavor that packs within its layers of fruit an undeniable thirst-quenching acidity. The oak is supportive and subtle, playing a supporting role with deft ability.

Join Sam Smith at Cucina Enoteca in Irvine

April 4, 2018

Join CUCINA enoteca Irvine for a special Winemaker Lunch with Sam Smith (Smith-Madrone + Curly St. James) and Josh Phelps (Grounded Wine Co. + Ad Vivum) on the patio on Saturday, April 14th. This will be a three-course family style lunch with two wines per course.

More info: https://www.urbankitchengroup.com/cucina-enoteca-irvine/happenings/ceirv-winemaker-lunch/

About Sam Smith
Before joining Smith-Madrone Sam traveled, alternating working harvests at wineries and working as a sommelier at distinguished restaurants around the world. He has worked in Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Washington, the Caribbean, and a few wineries around Napa Valley as well. Born and raised in the Napa Valley, Sam grew up playing football, tennis and golf. He is an avid outdoorsman and obtained his degree from UC Santa Barbara.

About Josh Phelphs 
Josh’s roots run deep, raised in a winemaking family, he was exposed to the industry from a young age. He continued to build his knowledge of the business through college, selling wine, working harvests, and creating wine for friends with his father, Chris Phelps. With Grounded Wine Co., Josh hopes to build on this legacy and make his own splash in the wine world while exposing wine drinkers of his own generation to his hometown in wine country. Working with trusted farmers and childhood friends, his company reflects his deep understanding of wine, one that can only be developed growing up around the vines.

Menu:

antipasti
wild watercress + beet cured salmon | radish + pickled onion + avocado + limoncello vinaigrette

smith-madrone | riesling | spring mountain district, napa valley
smith-madrone | chardonnay | spring mountain district, napa valley

pasta
mezzi rigatoni | lamb bolognese + mint pesto + ricotta salata

grounded wine co. | ‘collusion’ merlot blend | columbia valley, wa 
grounded wine co. | ‘steady state’ red blend | napa valley

piatti
rotisserie duck + chicken | market vegetables + ancient grain

ad vivum | ‘sleeping lady vineyard’ cabernet sauvignon | napa valley
curly st. james | red blend | napa valley

 

 

2014 Riesling is ‘impeccably balanced’

March 28, 2018

Wine Of The Day: 2014 Smith-Madrone Riesling

on Enofylz, Martin Redmond, March 28, 2018

This impeccably balanced Riesling is among the best I’ve had!

This wine is crafted from 100% estate fruit from 42 year-old vines at 1,800 ft elevation. The dry-farmed vines are planted on very steep slopes (up to 35%), thereby honoring the international tradition of Riesling which thrives on steep hillsides.

My tasting notes follow:

Color – Very pale green with yellow highlights
Aromas – Appealing and aromatic with petrol, orange blossom, pear, lemon and lime zest, and wet stones
Body – Light-bodied, dry, and impeccably balanced with very refreshing acidity and a great mouthfeel
Taste – White peach, pear, lemon-lime, and honey flavors with a hint of apricot gelée and very appealing minerality.
Finish – Long

Pair with: We paired with take-out Thai, but this is such a food friendly wine consider pairing with fried or baked fish, simple seafood dishes, cream sauces, butter sauces, sauteed mushrooms, roast
chicken, grilled pork chops, or charcuterie.

Smith-Madrone Vineyards, a family run, estate-bottled winery located in St. Helena, California was founded in 1971 by brothers Stuart and Charles Smith who are the Managing Partner/Vineyard Manager, and Winemaker respectively.  The name of the winery is a tribute to the Smith brothers and the predominant tree on the ranch. The Madrone is an evergreen with a red-brown trunk and branches.

When the Smith brothers purchased the 200 acre ranch in 1971, it included a vineyard that had been planted over a century before.  But the forest had reclaimed much of the land. The brothers had to call in loggers to clear patches of land that would become vineyards.  There remain numerous historical sights on the ranch, as well as the huge array of natural beauty and wildlife.

All their wines are produced exclusively from their 34 acres of hillside vineyards planted by the Smith brothers.  The vineyard is planted to 6.25 acres of Riesling, 10.25 acres of Chardonnay and 13 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, with the Merlot, and Cabernet Franc available for blending.

The vineyard sits high atop Spring Mountain, west of St. Helena in the northern Napa Valley. The vineyards sit at elevations between 1,300 and 2,000 feet, on steep slopes which range up to 35%.

Smith Madrone offers four wines, Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a special Cook’s Flat Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines are available for purchase at the winery or on their website.  They produce about 4,000 cases/yr.

http://enofylzwineblog.com/2018/03/28/wine-of-the-day-2014-smith-madrone-riesling/