There will never be a lushly ripe Cab from this cool appellation, but no one has worked harder to craft interesting ones than Smith & Hook. This release is rich in earthy flavors and tannins. It has tantalizing hints of black cherries, and is very dry. It’s a fine food wine with considerable finesse.
I like this wine a lot for the fruity flavors, rich tannins, subtle oak, crispness, long finish and overall balance. It’s not as ripe as Cabs from warmer climates, and therefore may well be better with complex food.
Smith & Hook has tried hard to perfect their Cab, transferring fruit sourcing from Monterey to Paso Robles. As a result, the wines are riper, as evidenced by this fruity young Cab. The cherry and blackberry flavors are balanced by firm tannins and crisp acids, making it a versatile wine at the table.
No winery in this appellation has worked harder on Cabernet, and the results are showing. This wine is soft and rich in black currant and chocolate flavors. It’s very dry, with firm, fuzzy tannins, and the finish is rich and complex.
Lively bright fruit in the pear and apple range mark this lush, forward wine. In the center there is a mix of tropical fruit and spice, with a lean and vivid finish that’s rounded by oak.