Smith & Hook is a Central Coast producer that focuses exclusively on Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are sourced from four Central Coast appellations: Arroyo Seco, San Antonio Valley, Hames Valley, and Paso Robles.
As Cab goes, the 2013 offers easy approachability, though it’s short on complexity. Early notes of cocoa powder, vanilla, and blackberry give way to some light citrus candy — think jellied oranges — plus a spray of fresh herbs. While the body is appropriately huge and alcohol-loaded, the finish comes on quickly and fades out with notes of blackberry jam, toasted marshmallow, and a light tobacco character.
B / $20 / smithandhook.com