2015 Smith & Hook Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1295820 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a big but balanced expression of Cabernet that is ready to drink now. Layers of black cherry, caramel, vanilla, smoke and crushed black rocks show on the lavish nose. The palate’s chalky texture is immediately apparent, with vibrant acidity that carries forth a rich crème de cassis flavor and finishes on roasted coffee and milk chocolate. *Editors' Choice* (MK)  (9/2017)

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Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/17/2017 | Send Email
A great bottle of Cabernet for any occasion for those who want a fantastic Californian without breaking the bank - its a big wine, but the acidity and pepper spices really balance it out. Tannins are fresh, but not grippy. Easy going, but full of surprises as it carries itself with many more nuances than the price suggests.

Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/3/2017 | Send Email
The first time I tasted the 2014 Smith and Hook Cabernet, I was blown away by how layered and accessible this inexpensive little Central Coast-appellated Cab was in comparison to wines two or even three times its price. Recently, I tasted the current 2015 vintage and was furthered impressed by how the ripe and approachable fruit up front was balanced by a focused core of acidity and structure. ​Fragrances of black cherry, cola and toasted coffee beans segue to a generous and lush palate full of sweet mocha, vanilla and a subtle hint of minerality. While the price tag may denote a connotation for everyday drinking, the wine inside dictates a bottle worthy of giving away to your favorite loved one or cellaring away for a special day.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2017 | Send Email
It's rare to find a Cabernet that's both ripe and characteristically Cabernet in flavor for less than twenty bucks, but when you add in all of the mineral and earthy elements that explode out of the glass in the 2015 Smith & Hook release, it's easy to see why this wine is getting a lot of attention. Those of you who swear by sub-$20 reds will want to squirrel some of this away.

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2017 | Send Email
This is a fantastic bottle of Central Coast Cabernet for everyday drinking. There is an attractive richness on the palate but remains in balance with good structure and acidity. Robust coffee and oak is paired with blackberry compote, vanilla and​ a hint of graphite. For the price, this is as good as it gets!

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/25/2017 | Send Email
Under the Hahn Family Wines portfolio, the Smith and Hook Cab is a ton of wine for under $15! This Central Coast sourced Cabernet is loaded with ripe, juicy, slightly toasty fruit. Lingering in the back are hints of licorice, vanilla bean and mocha. This kind of reminds me of Justin Cabernet back in the days!

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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.
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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.
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California

- 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