Smith Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Aromatically the wine is thrilling in its laser-like focus and intensity of fragrance. At the same time, 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 aroma is so intriguing it is an end in itself.

The palate only confirms what the nose has hinted: rich flavors of vibrant blue-black fruit are surrounded by a silky texture that leads to a bright and beguiling finish. The balance is impressive and the structure fundamental. Overall, the impression is one of effortless elegance, sleek and svelte and replete with an enormous “fun factor.”

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is made entirely from 100% estate fruit 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, derived from weathered volcanic materials and sedimentary rock.