2013 Smith & Hook Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1240581 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* Truly a wine that overdelivers, this packs molten fudge cake, vanilla-laced black-currant syrup and chocolate pudding with a fresh sprig of mint on the nose. The palate is soft and dynamic, with ripe black currants given complexity though licorice and butter-softened roasting herbs, all wrapped in tannins that keep the flavors steady throughout. (MK)  (3/2016)

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Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/29/2016 | Send Email
Delicious, sub-$20 Cabernet is a tougher find these days, yet the Central Coast finds a way to crank out multiple offerings each year. This Smith & Hook bottle fits the bill, and then some. Big blackberry and black currant fruit dominate alongside vanilla, espresso, chocolate, and sweet oak. Rich, yet never overbearing, this is a crowd-pleasing Cab at a wallet-friendly price!
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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/23/2016 | Send Email
One of our most successful wines over the last 2-3 months has been the 2013 Hahn Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir. Its combination of friendly style, honest Pinot flavors and ridiculous value has captured our customers' attention, and palates, and has held it. Always on the hunt for the next big thing, we wanted to see if the Hahn Family wines produced anything else that held a candle to the value of the Pinot Noir. Much to our delight, we found the 2013 Smith & Hook Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon and we were floored by the same combination of value, flavor and drinkability we found in the Hahn.
Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from a blend of San Antonio Valley, Paso Robles, Hames Valley and Arroyo Seco fruit and aged in 100% French oak, this Cab has the polish and slick black fruit of a wine 3-4 times the price. A lace of menthol and sage weaves through the boysenberry fruit and mocha richness found on the nose, leading to the fresh and zesty entry. Fleshy and easygoing, this Cab delivers a fully weighted core of olive, black currant, plum, tarragon, cedar and loam flavors on the lush palate. Velvety tannins wrap up the ripe and juicy finish and a long mélange of fresh herbs resonate long after the glass is empty. This is the easily the best value Cabernet we have in the store right now.

Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2016 | Send Email
This is an approachable, fun, bargain driven Central Coast Cab. Dark and lush fruit, with a slight greenness to it towards the end. The finish is semi-long with a well integrated tannin structure. Enjoy now or in the mid-term.
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Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/12/2016 | Send Email
Again and again our buyers show up with wine that is just unbelievable for its price. This is another example of that phenomenon. Dark, rich berry is immediately present in this Cab, full bursting flavor that leads to a surprisingly long finish. Full bodied and full of flavor; the truly astonishing thing is that we are selling it for under $20. Forget Napa pricing and pick up a bottle of this for your next big dinner.

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/11/2016 | Send Email
Smith & Hook is the latest Cab-focused label from our friends over at Hahn Family Wines. Rich and focused, the wine shows notes of dark plum, black cherry, cassis, black currant and aromas of cedar and baking spice. This Cab is big and expressive, stylistically similar to Caymus, at a fraction of the price. Drink now, or cellar for the next 5-8 years. Great wine at an obscenely low price point.
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Staff Image By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/3/2016 | Send Email
Hi, My name is Sal and I drink red wine... And this bottle is one of the main reasons I drink red wines. This has a great sense of rich ripe fruit (but not too sweet), and just enough oak, tobacco, spice, and acidity to balance things out. It's drinking quite well right now but I know it can go for several more years. I can think of a few wines over 50 bucks that would be easily replaced by this, and no-one would be the wiser. 17 bucks?! Are you kidding me!?!

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.8