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2007 Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District Napa Valley

Stuart Smith founded Smith-Madrone Winery in 1971. He still operates it with his brother, Charles. Together they make small quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Riesling from steeply sloping, dry-farmed estate vineyards on Spring Mountain. The vineyards run from 1,300 to 2,000 feet above sea level.

The 2007 Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon, the current release, is a streamlined and structured wine. It’s opaque in the glass and dark ruby-purple. Aromas of dry cedar and briary black fruit weave around each other in a light cloud of dusty earth and black spice. The palate is medium-plus in body, principally due to medium-plus tannins of fine powder and light chalk. The fruit is all business, properly ripe and flavorful but not effusive. Juicy acidity helps moderate the tannins and, together, they make this a good drink for the dinner table. Flavors include dusty black currant, redwood bark, dark spice, unsweetened chocolate and espresso. The finish is long and balanced between fruit, spice and powdery espresso tannins. If you know someone who insists that all Napa Cabernet Sauvignon taste alike or are too thick, sweet and/or fruity, give them a bottle of this mountain wine and dare them not to change their mind. Best from 2016 through 2023+. If you drink it now, do it with food or after some time in a decanter. Highly Recommended.

2007 Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District Napa Valley
label cab07 lowrezRating: Highly Recommended

Drink: 2016 - 2023+
Closure: Cork
Production: 1,434 cases
Retail Price: $48.00

Winemaker: Charles Smith

Origin: Spring Mountain District AVA, Napa Valley
Blend: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc Aging: 22 months in new American oak barrels
Alcohol: 14.2%

Service Recommendations
Decanting: 2 hours+
Temperature: 58º - 64º F
Food Pairings: ribeye steak, braised lamb shank, osso buco

The wine above was provided as a sample for review.

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