Two new releases from our friends at Smith-Madrone, situated in the rugged Spring Mountain District in Napa Valley.
2017 Smith-Madrone Riesling Spring Mountain District – Bright and semi-sweet, this wine shows off layers of honey, floral notes, and a gentle current of citrus, propping up a healthy acidity on the finish. The conclusion evokes apricot and light marshmallow note, ending the experience with a touch of sweetness. Fun stuff, though it never really feels “serious.” B+ / $34
2018 Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District – A straightforward expression of mountain cab, dense and tannic, almost leathery at times. The wine drinks with a slight balsamic flair, loads of currants sharp with some hints of unripe plums and dark chocolate. A vanilla edge on the finish pays homage to the barrel, balancing the fruit with some more effusive sweetness. I’d give this a few more years in cellar. B+ / $62