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Fermenting chardonnay on the crushpad this weekend

October 8, 2017

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“Impressive” are our current releases

October 6, 2017

WineSplashing tasted….

A winery name that may not be familiar with….yet! But a name you will remember once you put these wines to your lips and palate. Smith-Madrone Winery is located about 30 minutes outside of St. Helena, California, and worth the drive to taste the wonderful nectar of the gods here! This winery is not the new kid on the block and was actually founded in 1971 by owner Stuart Smith and is still family owned and operated to this day. Charles F. Smith III is the Winemaker and Sam Smith is the Assistant Winemaker here. The vineyards here are all “dry farmed” so there is no irrigation and Mother Nature is allowed to take her course allowing the varietals to grow bold and concentrated. We sampled all 3 Smith-Madrone varietals and all were amazing!

2014 Napa Valley Riesling – This beautiful Riesling is all estate grown in the Spring Mountain District using 42 year old vines. It is 100% varietal and fermented in stainless steel tanks. Aromas of honeysuckle, orange blossom, lychee and citrus fruits. Medium bodied across the palate with a bright acidity. Ripe flavors of white peach, Asian Pear, citrus and a hint of minerality at the finish. Pair with Asian foods, fresh salads, baked chicken or ham, and seafood. 94 Points!

2014 Napa Valley Chardonnay – An elegant, exotic Chardonnay that was all estate grown in the Spring Mountain District using 42 year old vines. This Chardonnay is 100% varietal and was fermented 9 months in new French oak barrels. Wonderful aromas of bright pear, apple, almonds and toffee. Medium to full bodied across the palate with a creamy mouthfeel. Enticing flavors of tropical fruits, citrus, hints of coconut, vanilla and a long, toasty oak finish. Pair with Chicken Alfredo, grilled chicken or seafood, pasta’s with cream sauces, and medium to strong cheeses. 94 Points! .

2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – This wine is actually a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Merlot. It is 100% estate grown in the Spring Mountain District and was fermented in French oak for 18 months. Garnet to violet color in the glass. Aromas of blackberries, black pepper, ripe cherries, and hints of oak and baking spices. Full bodied across the palate with good, grippy tannins. Robust flavors of black cherries, blackberries, red berries, savory herbs, pepper, and a long vanilla oak finish. A very refined and distinguished wine with a good tannin structure. Pair with grilled red meats, beef, pasta with hearty tomato based sauces, filet mignon, and stronger cheeses. 93 Points!

All 3 of these Smith-Madrone wines are very impressive and wines that I would purchase again and again! Perfect for any occasion from black tie affairs, to family get-togethers, or a great gift for the wine lover. If your local store does not carry these wines, ask them to bring them in for you. Or check out the winery’s website at http://www.smithmadrone.com and see about purchasing these wines online. Cheers from WineSplashing!

https://winesplashing.com/2017/10/02/smith-madrone-napa-valley-wines/

2014 Chardonnay’s ‘great structure and length’

October 6, 2017

NittanyEpicurean takes a look at the 2014 Chardonnay:

A newcomer to my ongoing series of discovery of some of the great wines of California is the Napa winery, Smith-Madrone.

This wine is 100% chardonnay from Napa’s Spring Mountain District. The wine was barrel fermented and aged in French oak barrels. The wine was oak aged for 9 months prior to bottling. It comes in at 14.2% ABV.

The wine showed a golden color. Apple, lemon, honey, buttery oak and slate were each discernible on the nose. Apple, lemon candy, honey, oak and hay followed on the palate where the apple and citrus flourished on the oaky stage. The wine exhibited good acidity and balance, along with great structure and length. This wine would do well as an aperitif and would pair classically with a roast turkey breast.

https://nittanyepicurean.blogspot.com/2017/10/2014-smith-madrone-chardonnay.html

2013 Cabernet gets a ‘big recommendation’

September 30, 2017

Dave Razzari tastes the 2013 Cabernet:

Settling into my Saturday with this 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Spring Mountain District of Napa Valley. This is an old school family winery that was founded in 1971 by brothers Stuart and Charles Smith. Tastes of black currant, mocha and earthy tobacco are led to by a nose of pine forest, black cherry and a cigar box. Smith Madrone holds tastings by appointment in St Helena so book one and visit. This is a big recommendation of mine!

Settling into my Saturday with this 2013 @smith_madrone Cabernet Sauvignon from the Spring Mountain District of Napa Valley. This is an old school family winery that was founded in 1971 by brothers Stuart and Charles Smith. Tastes of black currant, mocha and earthy tobacco are led to by a nose of pine forest, black cherry and a cigar box. Smith Madrone holds tastings by appointment in St Helena so book one and visit. This is a big recommendation of mine! #Saturday #2013 #SmithMadroneWinery #cabernetsauvignon #NapaValley #SpringMountainDistrict #CharlesSmith #StuartSmith #StHelena #redwine #winepics #winelover #wineporn #wineoftheday #winesofinstagram #wineenthusiast #wineadvocate #influencer #winetalk #winetasting #riedelUSA #cork #fruitporn #fruitpics #peach #grapes #banana #50shadesofpink #PinkSociety

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2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Release

September 26, 2017
Sam Smith Harvest

September 2017

Greetings,

We are nearing the end of what has been one of the most unusual—to put it mildly—harvests we’ve ever seen in our 46 years on top of Spring Mountain. There has been rain, there have been enormous swings of temperature, and we’re not quite done yet. Short version: it’s a smaller crop and we’ll know more once all the fruit is harvested.

We are now releasing the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon!
There’s a lot to celebrate with this wine. We had an

abundant crop in 2014 and given the drier winter, berry sizes were smaller and had more concentrated flavors.

It’s elegant and stylish; a French friend the other day called it ‘nervy.’ It’s a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet franc and 7% Merlot and spent 18 months in 70% new French oak and 30% one-year-old French oak. You’ll taste our mountain terroir in the wine: the nose is full of dark fruit, boysenberry and plum. The palate is remarkably seamless, a deliciously integrated mouthful with a velvety, silky texture. We find this wine perfume-like: it’s the flavors and aromas of Cabernet Sauvignon ‘distilled’ into an essence of Cabernet. Old school and old world in its approach, it delivers finesse, grace and balance. It’s superb now, with a lengthy finish. This wine will certainly age wonderfully for at least twenty-five years.

We’re celebrating our 46th anniversary with a terrific tasting and get-together on October 7 from noon to 4:30 p.m. It was 46 years ago when Stu founded what today is Smith-Madrone … he first walked through what was then a very remote and heavily forested property, and saw its potential, with its various slopes, deep-red Aiken soil and high elevation. You’ll have a chance to enjoy and purchase wines you normally wouldn’t taste during a visit to the winery, including library wines and large format bottles of Cabernets. This memorable day on the mountain will also include tastes of fermenting fresh juice, great food, lively live music and, of course, our unparalleled views out over the floor of the Napa Valley.

This open house is for our mailing list customers only. Tickets must be purchased in advance; you can buy them here.

2017 Releases

Look for the release of the 2012 Cook’s Flat Reserve in early October and the release of the 2015 Riesling and 2015 Chardonnay in November. The 2014 Riesling and 2015 Chardonnay are slipping out the door…so this might be your last chance to purchase those before they’re gone.

Have a wonderful fall and we look forward to seeing you again,

 

Stu, Charles and Sam

P.S. We are moving to email-only release notifications, so please make sure that you reach out to us by email to stay current.

Smith Photo

 

“Magical” and “an incredible value”

September 25, 2017

TheWineGuys take a look at the 2014 Riesling:

Having tasted a number of super sweet Rieslings from California, you could say that we haven’t really been too enthralled about it and usually shift towards German Rieslings, but this magical one from Smith Madrone really is a wonderful expression of what Californian Riesling can and should be. Notes of green apples, white peach, apricot, kiwi, lime, slight saline, citrus peel, orange blossom and crushed rock. Really clean mouthfeel, well structured, bright acidity and huge backbone of minerality. Don’t sleep on this gem, mountain grown Riesling is where the grape actually thrives (on the slopes). Incredible value wine.

94 points

https://www.instagram.com/p/BZXdESOH8W2/

Stu’s Spring Mountain District harvest report for the week of September 20

September 20, 2017

Continued cool weather is putting smiles on all of us.  This no need to rush picking is creating a lovely no-stress harvest.  “Not doing much” is how Ron Rosenbrand of Spring Mountain Winery summed up this week.  Andy Schweiger added that they’re “taking our time” and picking a little Cabernet as it reaches perfection.  Cain is doing the same with some picking of Merlot and maybe some Cabernet Sauvignon by week’s end.  Most other wineries like Paloma, 7&8 and Stony Hill will likely not get serious about the reds until next week.

http://napavalleyregister.com/wine/cool-weather-slows-down-grape-picking/article_3ec1c398-23ba-5fc5-83a4-94a3ca5745e8.html