2016 Casa Smith "Vino Rosso" Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

SKU #1372596 90 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese, the 2016 Vino Cabernet / Sangiovese offers a deep ruby/plum color as well spicy, peppery, perfumed notes of black cherries, blueberries incense, and exotic spices. Possessing much more intensity of flavor than you could want for the price tag, with medium to full-bodied richness and excellent purity, it's a no-brainer, high quality red to drink over the coming 3-4 years. It's a smoking value.  (4/2018)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese that's bottled under screwcap, the 2016 Vino Rosso is a value-priced offering that reveals aromas and flavors of juicy cherries and strawberries in a medium-bodied, open-knit format. Enjoy it over the next year or three. (WK)  (6/2018)

K&L Notes

Winery Notes: "The dark ruby color just shimmers with energy. Aromatically lovely. Small Italian cherries, subtle spice. Loose tobacco, suede & a hint of leather. A flavorful and tasty mouthful of infinitely pleasant wine."


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By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2018 | Send Email
A powerhouse for the price, this unique blend definitely delivers quality well above what you would expect for under $20. Fruit-forward and food friendly, it exudes dark plums and berries supported by a core of soft, spicy tannins. Despite its weight, however, the wine remains fresh and approachable thanks in part to healthy, playful acidity. The Sangiovese here serves to enhance the earthy leather tones and form a perfect backdrop for the dense fruit. A triumphant endeavor from the folks at Casa Smith, it should be the new favorite table wine for any fan of big, flavorful reds.

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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.
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Washington

- 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.