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2016 Smith-Madrone Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1518798 91 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark If you like classic, old school Cabernet and don't mind a solid kick of green, you'll dig the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District. Revealing a healthy purple/ruby color as well as notes of red currants, green tobacco, cedarwood, and damp earth, it hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, a nicely concentrated, structured mouthfeel, solid ripeness in the tannins, and an outstanding finish. Give bottles a good 4-5 years of bottle age, and it should evolve nicely for 15 years or more. Inner quote mark (1/2021)

K&L Notes

Now considered somewhat of a stalwart of the old school in Napa, Smith-Madrone was founded in the heady days of the early 1970s, when a new wave of vintners were exploring the mountains above the valley. Brothers Stuart and Charles Smith dry farm their estate vineyards, which are situated between 1,300 and 2,000 feet on the steep slopes of Spring Mountain above Napa Valley.

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By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/11/2021 | Send Email
This might possibly be one of the most distinct Cabs in our inventory. The wine is uniquely Spring Mountain. The higher elevation of the hilltop vineyards results in a cooler climate perfect for elegant Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery is now celebrating its 50th anniversary so brothers Stuart and Charles have had plenty of time to learn every aspect of the unique parcel of land. The first thing you notice about this wine is the intriguing blend of red and black fruit interlaced with aromas of dried herbs. It reminds me of some of the better Bordeaux from the Graves region. There's a distinct minerality that accompanies the palate. Each sip begs for another as the wine remains light on the palate. But to be sure, this is no wilting flower. This is another example of hearty mountain Cabernet grown in the wilds of Spring Mountain. A perfect pairing might be an herb crusted leg of lamb.

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