Spring Mountain is not the land of technological wine making, fancy tasting rooms and slick marketing – this is a down-home, honest and authentic wine estate that has remained largely unchanged since it was established in 1971 (five years before the ‘Judgement of Paris’ tasting). It wasn’t until the Smith brothers began clearing their 15 hectares of woodland, bought after Stu had finished his masters in winemaking at UC Davis, that they discovered evidence of previous viticultural activity on the site. It transpired that their land had been under vine from the 1880s until prohibition, but had been reclaimed by nature after the passing of the Volstead Act in 1919. This will come as no surprise to anyone visiting the estate today – Smith-Madrone is blessed with some of the most breathtaking vineyards in all of Napa Valley.
Smith-Madrone's Cabernet Sauvingon is a delicious Bordeaux-style wine, but with added sunshine. Exactly how Napa Cabernet should be. Pure, fresh blackcurrant fruit and cedar flavours; balanced acidity and fine tannins; elegant and stylish. A great alternative to Bordeaux with lamb and other grilled and roasted meats.