2013 Charles Smith "Chateau Smith" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
My favorite of the Charles Smith releases, the 2013 Charles Smith Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon is rock solid, with classic violets, plum, licorice, earth and spring flower notes giving way to a medium-bodied, juicy, balanced feel on the palate. A barrel-aged blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot and a splash of Petit Verdot, from yields in the range of 2-3 tons per acre, it’s another terrific value that over delivers. I’d drink it over the coming year or two, but I see no reason it won’t hold longer. (JD)
Aromas of sugared plums, herbs and black currants lead to black- and blue-fruit flavors that are surprisingly soft. One misses the tannins Cabernet is known for but it makes up for it elsewhere. (SS)
Supple and expressive, with pretty, mocha-accented black cherry and olive flavors, lingering gently. Drink now through 2018.
Charles Smith, he of the "Kung Fu Girl" Riesling, offers a new Columbia Valley classic Cab in the sweet spot: take it seriously, but get change for your twenty. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot, 1% Malbec. Have with roasted leg of lamb with rosemary-mustard sauce.