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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 5 
TypeWhite
ProducerSmith-Madrone (web)
VarietyChardonnay
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationSpring Mountain District
UPC Code(s)704470100009

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2016 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.4 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 21 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by kscopela on 7/17/2012 & rated 82 points: Something has been off with this wine and there has been an incredible amount of bottle variation. It wasn't corked but lacked any sort of character normally associated with this wine. (1775 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/18/2011 & rated 87 points: Very nice tropical fruits and minerality but hot on the finish. Prefer the 2006 but I would try this again. SM makes a fantastic chard. (2414 views)
 Tasted by kscopela on 9/26/2011 & rated 86 points: This wine has been so hit a miss lately and this one was a miss. Not sure how well this wine was stored, but it feels VERY flabby. Usually this is a great bottle and everything that I look for in a chardonnay, but this bottle missed the mark. (2707 views)
 Tasted by kscopela on 9/16/2011 & rated 92 points: This bottle was better than the previous, so I think it was just an off bottle. (2687 views)
 Tasted by kscopela on 8/22/2011 & rated 88 points: Something seemed off on this bottle. not the usual bright stony wine that I'm used too. Seemed a little flabby and boring. (2743 views)
 Tasted by kscopela on 8/1/2011 & rated 93 points: Again, one of my favorite chardonnay's ever. (1795 views)
 Tasted by kscopela on 6/22/2011 & rated 92 points: flinty and mineral goodness. (1876 views)
 Tasted by kscopela on 5/24/2011 & rated 93 points: Great Minerality with pear on the nose and palate. Great balance and well made wine. Love this effort! (1949 views)
 Tasted by kscopela on 3/12/2011 & rated 92 points: Great wine, a little heat when drinking without food. (2084 views)
 Tasted by kscopela on 2/8/2011 & rated 93 points: My favorite chardonnay. Balance is the key to this wine that has nice mineral notes and slight oak but not over the top at all. (2143 views)
 Tasted by kscopela on 12/6/2010 & rated 93 points: spectacular wine. Well balanced. (2302 views)
 Tasted by nzinkgraf on 12/1/2010: nose is much more modest than the palate. soft apple/pineapple fruit in the nose. palate shows more texture, but not too toasty really. i'm thinking about untoasted new barrel, but probably off base. palate also shows a nice mineral component. a new world richness, but without the perceived treatment as such. (2313 views)
 Tasted by kscopela on 11/22/2010 & rated 92 points: Nicely balanced with apple and melon notes. Great mellow white wine that is not overly oaked and a slight acidity. Really drinking well right now! (2368 views)
 Tasted by rodsjuice on 7/5/2010 & rated 91 points: I am not a big white wine drinker, but this Chardonnay was damn near perfect. Color was light, faint straw. Swirling in the glass you could see how thick this wine was as it was clinging to the sides forming viscose legs. The nose was light oak, butterscotch and I got what I can best describe as bubblegum. Creamy, balanced. I savored each taste. Solid finish. Over all this was a fantastic representation of Chardonnay. (1266 views)
 Tasted by DrinkNectar on 4/8/2010 & rated 91 points: 2007 Smith-Madrone Chardonnay

•The Stuff: 100% estate Chardonnay, 11 months in oak, 754 cases, 14.3%abv

•The Swirl: Pale gold color with hints of thicker viscosity, clean and clear

•The Sniff: muted undertones of toast, pear, and citrus fruits. Pleasing and crisp

•The Sip: Slightly effervescent and very crispy pear and citrus. A good thickness indicative of a Chardonnay, but could be mis-diagnosed during a blind tasting as a Sauvignon Blanc. Excellent acid with finish of stone minerality.

•The Score: At $30, slightly more than I would pay for a quality Chardonnay, but a good score of 4 out of 5. One of the better Chardonnay’s I’ve had from the 2007 vintage. (2675 views)
 Tasted by scott davis on 2/16/2010 & rated 90 points: Pale yellow-green color, with light aromas of melon, white peach, and slate. The palate shows a beam of ripe green apple, pear, and spice presented in a sleek, elegant frame and braced by tangy minerals and gentle oak. Flinty and crisp, gaining weight through the clean, long finish. (2658 views)
 Tasted by Macki on 12/25/2009: A: Clear, pale lemon-green
N: Mineral, citrus - lime, green apple, yogurt - really expressive and elegant nose
P: Creamy, chalky, clove - med alc, med/med + body, med + length.
This was my favorite wine when tasted with the Buty 2008 and the Auteur 2006. Such a beautiful and elegant chard, and such a fantastic value at $26. (3005 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 8/12/2009: I had completely forgotten how god damn good this chardonnay was. Very nicely fruited chardonnay but the difference is cut by stone flavors, minerals, and a zippy lime / menthol component on the back. This is a great Spring Mountain chardonnay. I wish I had a Stony Hill to compare it too. (2694 views)
 Tasted by nzinkgraf on 8/12/2009: light pineapple and modest yet apparent malo. oak comes to on the plate. not so obvious cereal grain. quite lingering spice to the medium finish. fennel and something else wants to jump out too. (2651 views)

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Napa Valley

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