Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Coast, California
This wine pairs a vibrant purple color with expressive aromas of blackberries and cassis. Richly textured on the palate, this wine's robust tannins provide a frame for black cherry flavors and spicy notes of vanilla and cloves.
Pair with hearty beef or game dishes or a gourmet bacon cheeseburger.
Wine Enthusiast - "Relying on decades of experience, the Hahn family makes Cabernet that's easy to quaff. This one features aromas of warm blueberry pie and melting ice cream, with a cigar-box backbone. The flavors mix ripe fruit and smoke, proving light in the mouth and not too serious, but delicious."
Tasting Panel - "Smooth and spicy with ripe plum and soft herbs; excellent structure and good complexity; lush and long with balance and style."
Smith & Hook Winery
The Smith Ranch was a horse ranch for generations, while to the south, the Hooks raised cattle. We discovered these ranches in a search for the ideal place to grow Cabernet Sauvignon. The climate along the western slopes of the Santa Lucias was perfect, and the ranch had a beautiful view of the Salinas Valley. So in 1974, we purchased the two ranches and established the Smith & Hook Winery on the old Smith Ranch. We made our first Cabernet Sauvignon in 1979 and quickly developed a reputation for excellence. Hahn Estates represents a continuation of the Smith & Hook tradition of excellence in winemaking. The Hahns own over 1,400 acres of vineyards in Monterey County. Grapes from the different vineyards vary in character and style. With such versatility, we can create supple, accessible wines. In German, "Hahn" means "rooster," and for this reason, a rooster embellishes the Hahn Estates label. View all Smith & Hook Winery Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review43.8 out of 5 stars
10 ratings, 4 with reviews57/27/2014
kate cg - Chicago, IL44/5/2014
- Smooth & Supple
Anonymous - Elburn, IL42/11/2017Anonymous - Dover, AR41/15/2017megsterwine - Wilmington, DE45/9/2016Robert S. - Davis, CA44/27/2016
- Rich & Creamy
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- This was a very good vintage. I listed it as rich and creamy
Nice black fruit aromas (currant, blackberry, blueberry, plum) with some vanilla oak in the background. Oak and fruit aromas shift back and forth a bit in dominance as the wine airs in the glass. Slightly tart black fruit flavors (currant, blackberry, maybe a touch of blueberries) with oak and moderate, smooth tannins. Second night shows a touch of woodiness in the initial aromas and flavors, but this dissipates as the wine airs in the glass. Otherwise, aromas and flavors are similar to the first night. Third night similar to the first night, with only a light touch of woodiness in the initial aromas, but that dissipates quickly. Nice fruit concentration in the flavors. A touch of alcoholic heat in the finish when sipped by itself on the third night. Full bodied, well balanced, moderate but smooth tannins. A wine that has improved nicely since the first bottle that I opened in 2014, and one that should continue to improve for a few more years.WithABang - Dublin, OH44/18/2015WIll D - Biloxi, MS31/21/2015Really a 2.5.Ala - Copperopolis, CA51/4/2015
- Big & Bold
A very good wine!KDD - Lutz, FL18/5/2014Terrible. Just opened it last night, and I could not drink it. I have previously had the 2009 Smith and Hook Cabernet many times; it's one of my favorites. However, the 2012 is nothing like it. It is way too fruity and sweet for a Cabernet. It tasted like grape juice. Given the price, I expected better.
- Fruity & Smooth