Smith-Madrone is a small family-owned and operated artisanal winery in St. Helena. It was founded in 1971 by Stuart Smith on a 200-acre ranch, partly planted as a vineyard over a century ago. The Smith-Madrone estate vineyards sit on Spring Mountain at elevations between 1,300 and 2,000 feet on steep rocky slopes ranging up to 34% incline. Their soils are mostly volcanic-based clay loam, and their vineyards are dry farmed. The winery produces about 4,000 cases a year of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, and a Presitige Cuvée, Cooks’s Flat Reserve. The winery management team, pictured below, consists of Stuart A Smith, Managing Partner, Charles F. Smith III, winemaker, and Sam Smith, Assistant Winemaker.
We were delighted to have the opportunity to taste these magnificent wines. They are well-made and beautifully focused wines with rich flavors and somewhat wild mountain characteristics. They are for drinking now but will provide pleasure for years to come.
Smith-Madrone 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley ($52) 91+ The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is nicely integrated and complex with a melange of red and black fruit with noteworthy boysenberry, plum, savory herbs and notes of underbrush and chocolate. It is nicely concentrated, round on the palate with firm tannins and a long finish.
Smith-Madrone 2015 Chardonnay Spring Mountain District Napa Vallley ($34) 91 Medium straw in color, this Chardonnay displays ripe apple and melon on the nose. It reveals prominent wood notes on the palate with orchard fruit flavors and has nice lingering intensity of flavor on the finish with good acidity showing throughout.