2014 Casa Smith "Cervo-Northridge Vineyard" Wahluke Slope Barbera

SKU #1260272 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 On another level, and worth the uptick in price, the 250-case 2014 Barbera Cervo (from vines planted in 1997 and tiny, tiny yields) was brought up all in barrique and is easily the finest example of this variety I’ve tasted from Washington. Elegant, layered and concentrated, with a serious feel in its black cherry, lavender, underbrush and peppery herbs bouquet, this terrific effort is a real head-turner that readers should seek out! The Casa Smith brand is reserved for the Italian themed wines from Charles Smith. (JD)  (6/2016)


 (14.06% alcohol; from vines planted in 1996; stored in neutral oak uprights, like the CasaSmith Sangiovese and Primitivo): Bright, dark red. Subtle aromas and flavors of medicinal cherry, flowers and herbs. At once sappy and creamy, with bracing but harmonious acidity giving lift and grip to the middle palate. Essentially easygoing but with a satisfying firm edge. CasaSmith is Charles Smith's label for Italian varietals produced from single sites. There are 1,500 cases of this juice. (ST)  (7/2016)

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Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/10/2016 | Send Email
It is not weird if it works, and this certainly holds true for the new label from the people behind Charles Smith and K Vintners. This Barbera leads with cherry and forest in the nose moving to blueberry and sweet tobacco notes. With acid to lift, berry to brighten, spice to balance and a softly tannic finish, this wine will certainly play nicely with a variety of dishes. The fact that it is $20 means there is no reason not to buy a few.

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/10/2016 | Send Email
Some of you maybe wondering why in the hell are we emailing you about a Washington State Barbera? My answer to that is because it is just that delicious and needs to be tried to be believed. This brand new label, Casa Smith, which focuses solely on Italian varieties, is the newest in an ever-expanding series of wines from Charles Smith. The man with the crazy hair that brought some of the best wines Washington State can produce to market, both at value prices (Wines of Substance, Charles & Charles, Kung Fu Girl) and at the pinnacle of quality (K Vintners, Royal City).
Cervo is a single vineyard Barbera from the Wahluke Slope, a veritable hotbed of amazing vineyards, and while not Asti or Alba, it could be the next best place for the varietal if this wine is any indication. This wine has all the vigor and snap Barbera has to offer, with a bit more punch. Bing cherry, sassafras, blueberry and a touch of milk chocolate combine in the nose. Fresh and full of lifted blue fruits, this is a wine that will be certain to wake your mouth up no matter what you are, or are not eating. Adding a layer of tobacco and tar to the energetic fruit adds ballast and dimension and keeps the wine from becoming too linear in its approach, but this wine will surely cut through the richest of foods and help shepherd other high acid tomato based foods along easily and without issue. This should be your new table wine, full stop.

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2016 | Send Email
From the makers of Charles Smith and K Vitners of Washington, we now present their Italian line of wines - Casa Smith. This Barbara has a savoriness that I found absolutely delicious. Notes of forest floor and mushrooms fill the nose, while juicy berries and spice round it out. It is definitely an approachable wine to be enjoyed by those who maybe want to venture into domestically made Italian varietals.

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- Thanks goodness for Italy's wine revolution! If not for the intrepid producers who reduced yields and focused their energy on improving quality in Italian wine production, we may have never known how delicious Barbera could be. Native to Italy, Piedmont's Monferrato is most often cited as its birthplace (though others argue that Oltrepò Pavese in Lombardy is its rightful home) with records of vineyard plantings dating back as far as 1246. Best known and most planted in its dark-skinned iteration (there is a white version of the grape called Barbera Bianca), the world's top Barberas come from Piedmont's Alba, Asti and Monferrato DOCs and styles can vary significantly depending on climate and soil. But you can always count on Barbera for its distinct ruby red color, vibrant acidity and mild tannins. Juicy red fruit and hints of smokiness are also common characteristics. Grown elsewhere in Italy, Barbera is used in varietal wines and as a blending grape to varying degrees of success. Outside of Italy it has also been planted extensively in North and South America, but most successfully in California, where it was planted by Italian immigrants and long, warm growing seasons give this late-harvest varietal the chance to develop complex flavors to compete with its racy acidity.

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- 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.


- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5