Smith-Madrone’s vineyards, founded in 1971, sit on top of Napa Valley’s 2,000-foot Spring Mountain. Cool temperatures and volcanic stony clay loam produce estate wines of exceptional personality and depth. Three wines were tried from Smith-Madrone.
The 2017 Riesling has rich floral aromas of lime, crisp apple, barrel oil, and melted wax, while your palate is in for a treat with flavors of honey, dried Turkish apricot, and stone fruit. This year’s Riesling shows excellent balance, bright minerality, acidity, and crispness.
Retail price: $29.99
Food Pairing: Raw or delicate fish, salmon, tuna, Asian food, and spicy Indian food
Aged in new French oak and barrel fermented, this wine delivers the extra punch on the palate. Its oaky notes flow seamlessly on the palate, focusing on lemon, pineapple, and toasty vanilla. Crisp, bright elegance with a memorable finish make this wine a true winner.
Retail Price: $44.99
Food Pairing: Lobster, Pork tenderloin, Grilled Shrimp, Crab legs, and Chicken Alfredo.
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Mint, cinnamon, blackberry, and cedar make up an exceptional introduction of aromas that makes your palate hungry for its flavors. Not to be let down, the palate pops with high-end wine flavors of mocha and black cherry with hints of mint, white pepper, and chocolate-covered espresso beans. Balanced flavors, seamless tannins, and a long finish make this wine ready to drink today or in five years.
Varietal: 86.5% Cabernet Sauvignon 7.5% Cabernet Franc 5% Merlot
Food Pairing: Grilled or roasted lamb, Steak, Burgers, Portobello mushrooms, and aged Cheddar cheese