VOLUME 9, ISSUE 46
August 25, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Charles Heintz Vineyards: Getting to Know Winegrower Charlie Heintz and the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah from His Very Special Vineyard Lucienne: Very Special Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands Formaglini Vineyards Sips of Recently Tasted Wines A New Wave of Outstanding Print Wine Magazines Pinot Briefs Winemaker Up Close & Personal Paul Clifton, Director of Winemaking, Hahn Estates
Smith-Madrone Vineyards & Winery
Smith-Madrone is located in the Spring Mountain District in St. Helena, Napa Valley. Founded in 1971 by Stuart Smith, the winery is owned and managed by brothers Stuart Smith and Charles F. Smith III who is the winemaker. The name is a tribute to the Smith brothers and the predominant tree, the Madrone evergreen, on the ranch.
The wines are made entirely from the winery's dry-farmed estate vineyards surrounding the winery which are planted to Riesling, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Production is about 4,000 cases per year. Tours and tastings are by appointment, always conducted by one of the Smith brothers.
Articles About Smith-Madrone Vineyards & Winery
2012 Smith-Madrone Spring Mountain District Napa Valley Riesling
12.5% alc., pH 3.12, residual sugar 0.41%, 798 cases, $27. Vines grown in red, rocky volcanic soil. 5.5 acres of 40-year-old, dryfarmed Riesling planted along with Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon adjacent encroaching forest of Madrone - hence the name. · Pale yellow color and clear in the glass. Delicate aromas of lemon zest, green apple, peach and toast. Flavorful range of citrus fruits and peach with a note of iron-driven minerality and bright acidity. Has the goods to age for many years. Score: 90. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »
2011 Smith-Madrone Vineyards & Winery Spring Mountain District Napa Valley Chardonnay
14.2% alc., pH 3.30, TA 0.67, 463 cases, $30. Winemakers and winegrowers Charles and Stuart Smith. A very cool growing season. From a dry-farmed 13-acre vineyard planted in red and rocky volcanic soil. The vines are 39 years old. 100% barrel fermented in 100% new French oak barrels for 8 months. · Moderate golden yellow color and clear in the glass. This wine is about the soil and uniquely reflects the terroir. The nose is replete with aromas of iron, paraffin, peach and citrus. Crisp and bright on the palate, with layered flavors of lemon, green apple, spice, and iron. Beautifully balanced with a remarkably long finish for a Chardonnay. This wine can be cellared for several years, but drinks beautifully now. Score: 93. Reviewed February 22, 2014 ARTICLE »
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