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2012 2012 Smith Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon V 94pts

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon


This wine is something of an obsession of ours right now. $48 for a 2012 Cabernet from Spring Mountain almost doesn't make sense. But that's Smith Madrone for you. Visiting this gem at the very top of Spring Mountain is like walking back in time. The winery is a small barn, and much of the equipment is at least 30 or 40 years old. But their commitment to quality is second to none. This isn't some vanity winery by a New York hedge fund billionaire; rather, it's a working farm totaling only 34 acres that is producing what may be the best wine for its price in all of Napa Valley, if not California.


94 Points, Galloni Ripe, voluptuous and very much in the style of the year, the 2012 is a showy wine, with plenty of intensity and resonance. At the same time, there is plenty of tannic backbone lurking beneath that gives the wine its power and overall structure.


Smith-Madrone’s Cabernet Sauvignon is grown at the top of Spring Mountain (1,800-foot elevation), west of St. Helena in the Napa Valley. The vines are planted on very steep slopes (up to 35%) in red “Aiken” soil which is derived from weathered volcanic materials and sedimentary rock.

Dry-farmed from 40 year old vines.


Blend: 82% cabernet sauvignon; 10% merlot; 8% cabernet franc

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