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2007 Smith Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon
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Community Tasting Notes 22
October 7, 2014 - I confess that I p'n'p-ed this one after swilling the '09 Turnbull, but oddly enough the youth of this wine became more evident as it approached room temp and took air. This was good, but still too young. (Remind self to read notes before fetching the wine.) With luck, I've buried the last two bottles far enough down in the boxes to keep me from rushing things again. I'll happily take an invite to taste nocoretiree's last bottle next year in exchange for sharing one of mine in another 3-6 years. This wine has great things ahead of it, and it's improving just as a classic Cab should. No rush to drink it, and I'll gladly cellar a few other vintages whenever I get the chance.
nocoretiree Likes this wine: (93 points)
August 20, 2014 - This is everything you would want a Napa Cab to be. It is drinking like a champ now. Definitely improved and the very few rough edges have been smoothed out, with everything well-integrated. Saving our last bottle for 2015.
jeffal66 Likes this wine: (91 points)
February 23, 2014 - Layered, lively mountain-grown Cab. There's plenty going on here though I bet this wine's best years are ahead of it. Acidity, menthol, red and black fruit, licorice. A little tight and short on finish. I'm hoping another 2-3 years will bring out more. Regardless, a fine effort.
nocoretiree Likes this wine: (92 points)
December 9, 2013 - Second bottle. This one did not open up as easily as the first one (see review on 06-07-2013). That said, it was a classic Napa Cab, lots of tannin for a lower alcohol style Cab. Truly excellent-tasting notes from June 7 consistent with this...just quite a bit tighter. Best to hold off until 2014 or 2015 unless you like them young, in which case I recommend breathing AND decanting. But I think it would be a waste to not wait at least a year. We have two bottles left - will open one later in 2014 and reassess.1 person found this helpful
jlhkiss Likes this wine: (92 points)
November 3, 2013 - Opened and decanted 9+ hours and drank with dinner of roasted garlic pork loin, steamed vegetables, and baked sweet potato. Dark, cherry/garnet color. Nose of eucalyptus, sweet tobacco, cranberries, lavender, spicy oak and herbs. Concentrated palate follows with dried cherries, leather, subtle blackberry currant, black licorice, and dark raspberry tobacco. This is a medium-bodied, Bordeaux-like wine but has a greater touch of vanilla from the American oak. Finish is very compact but very refined. Strong acidity flows throughout and adds a nice touch pairing with rich food, so decant for as long as I did if you drink today. Will probably be best after 2017.
Pro Reviews 2
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
By Stephen Tanzer
May/June 2013, Issue #168 (link)
(Smith Madrone Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
12/8/2012 (link) 92 points
(Smith Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon) Opaque red violet color; appealing, suave, ripe black currant, blackberry, French oak, light menthol nose; tight, tart black currant, tart blackberry, tart black fruit, light menthol palate with good balance; needs 2 years and should age admirably; medium-plus finish 92+ points (14.2% alcohol, sample provided by winery)
- Vintage 2007
- Type Red
- Producer Smith Madrone
- Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
- Designation n/a
- Vineyard n/a
- Country USA
- Region California
- SubRegion Napa Valley
- Appellation Spring Mountain District
- UPC Code 704470300003
- Pending Delivery 1 (0%)
- In Cellars 294 (74%)
- Consumed 105 (26%)