Review: Smith-Madrone 2017 Riesling and 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

Review: Smith-Madrone 2017 Riesling and 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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2018 Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District

$64
8.7

Rating

8.7/10

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