Charles Smith Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
The 2012 Chateau Smith is a wine long and rich in the mouth. Aromas of black cherry, wet earth, anise and a touch of toasted herbs with flavors and a finish to match.
A great match for pappardelle with porcini and pistachios.
Blend: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec
The Wine Advocate - "An outstanding bottle of wine, the 2012 Charles Smith Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon (93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec) gives up big blueberry, spice, crushed flowers and violets in a seamless, sexy, yet fresh and delicious package. It too is a superb value and will have 5 to 7 years of longevity. "
Charles Smith Winery
First there was K Vintners, then the Magnificent Wine Company and now winemaker Charles Smith brings you his latest revelation. Charles Smith Wines: The Modernist Project is a response to how people generally consume wine today, that is immediately…as in immediately after being purchased at a market, restaurant or bar, to be drunk straight away. Wine in this category is typically either simple, or is a wine that would be much better a few years down the road. 'Modernist Project' wines are about putting as much into the bottle as possible. The intent is to create wines to be enjoyed now, but with typicity with regards to variety—that is merlot that tastes like merlot—and to the vineyard—wine that tastes like where it was grown. The wines are full of flavor, balanced, and true to their place of origin. View all Charles Smith Wines
About Columbia ValleyView a map of Columbia Valley wineries
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4 }div>3.9 out of 5 stars
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- 4 Stars: 4
- 3 Stars: 2
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- 1 Stars: 1
11 ratings, 8 with reviewsmacljo00 - Plymouth Meeting, PA56/21/2014
A great interesting CabHee - Boston, MA112/29/2014Troy Mawyer - Berlin, MD412/10/2014
- Earth & Spicy
Great wine at this price. Would still be a steal @ $25. Reminds me of a good Napa Valley Cab.Sputerbug - Nacogdoches, TX312/9/2014
- Earth & Spicy
I enjoyed this wine. Thought it had smooth tannins and plenty of dark fruit flavors. Not harsh or jammy either.Stuart Roy - Miami, FL411/26/2014Surprisingly good for the price! I would pay $25-$35 for a wine as good-tasting as this. Good fruit, well balanced, smooth and tastes just as good the next day. Hard to beat for the price!dodi - New York, NY411/17/2014511/12/2014
- Smooth & Supple
Our favorite everyday cab411/10/2014WIll D - Biloxi, MS38/4/2014Don't see what the 5 star ratings are about here. Avg wine to me.57/26/2014Favorite CabPaula Trehey - Brooksville, FL57/23/2014
- Big & Bold
This is a fabulous, full bodied wine. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for some umphh in their wine.
- Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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