Smith-Madrone Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District, California

Founded in 1971 with the purchase of 200 forested acres at the top of Spring Mountain, Smith-Madrone is run by brothers Stuart and Charles Smith. 32 acres of vineyards were reclaimed (originally planted in the 1880’s) from the encroaching forest of Madrone Douglas fir and oak. From steep, dry-farmed vineyards, the vines flourish in vividly red and rocky volcanic soil. The cooler mountain temperature produces wine of intense flavor, structure and longevity. Smith-Madrone’s Cabernet Sauvignon is grown at the top of Spring Mountain (1,800-foot elevation), west of St. Helena. Age of vines: 40 years. 2015 vintage – Aromatically the wine is thrilling in its laser-like focus and intensity of fragrance. It delivers remarkable complexity; every inhalation reveals a new and surprising element. Bright fruit, dark fruit, black currants, red plums, lavender, spices, violets, green olives, all are present and more. The palate confirms rich flavors of vibrant blue-black fruit, surrounded by a silky texture that leads to a bright and beguiling finish. Overall, the impression is one of effortless elegance, sleek and svelte. 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet franc. 65% aged in new French oak, 35% one year-old French oak for 18 months.