2012 Smith-Madrone Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1230299


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  • Jim Boyce
    By: Jim Boyce
    K&L Staff Member
    This tasty mountain Cab is full of bright currant, cranberry, wild cherry fruits and that classic mountain spice and tobacco note. Vibrant throughout, with a touch of oak and broad tannin to lend enough structure for some aging. Beautiful wine.
  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    Smith-Madrone is far from a household name in the world of Napa Valley wines, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be. High atop Spring Mountain nestled near other well known wineries like Pride, Paloma, Cain and Philip Togni, their Cab has become a staple of our domestic selection, and highly recommended from the great 2012 vintage. The winery was founded back in 1971 by the Smith brothers, Stuart and Charles and they have made some of the best Chardonnay, Riesling and Cabernet that Napa Valley has to offer without any of the inflated price tags and egos that can sometimes go along with the territory. Always decidedly rustic, or old-school, or old-world or whatever other buzz word you want to choose for wines that are more traditional in their style Smith Madrone is for fans of wines of another generation, or maybe even another place all together. <BR> With layers of eucalyptus, bay leaf, black olive, wild blackberry and blooming fennel on the nose you just don’t see a lot of this style of Cabernet made in the Valley these days. Dense, chewy and full of power all without excess sugar, extraction or winemaking polish this is a brooding Cabernet based on the mountainous earth in which it comes from. Full of savory, almost meaty, flavors this Cabernet has much more in common with the classic wines of Pessac-Leognan or what was being made in the ‘70‘s in Napa than with the uber-ripe 15% ABV, “made” wines that are dominating Napa today. So if you like you Bond more Moore than Craig, you think R2D2 is much superior to BB8 and you prefer V8s to Hybrids then this just may be the wine for you.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    Cranberry, black currant and leather on the nose. On the palate, rich dark fruit blends with deep flavors of oak to create flavors of anise, cocoa and clove. The wine has great structure; satisfying medium-bodied tannins and good acid that perfectly balances out the wine's richness. This is a very elegant Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Dave Genevro
    By: Dave Genevro
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a very solid made wine, made during a generous and classic harvest year. It greeted me with a gracious nose of raspberries, some forest and tobacco leaves. The plush and velvet like structure of the tannin is more approachable now then some I have others I have tried from the same vintage. The plumpness and almost juicy fruit is a great sign that some aging of this bad boy will be rewarded with even more quality. Enjoy! 14.2% ABV
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    I cannot agree more with Andrew's comments below. This wine is fantastic! Notes of green bell pepper, dark cherry, licorice, cassis and blackberry fruit wind into a deep and structured finish. Though this wine is drinking very well now, toss a couple in your cellar and revisit them in 3-5 years... Your patience will be rewarded.
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    Classic mountain California Cabernet lovers need to take note of this wine. Powerful tannins and a serious mint and herb note underlay the cool fruit and ripe berry notes that are indicative of 2012. This wine has all the benchmarks of being one to cellar for a few years, however because of the ripeness of the 2012 vintage it can also be enjoyed now. A serious Cabernet without needing a huge price tag, pick up some to enjoy now and some to enjoy later.


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